Garrard County woman charged with abandoning diabetic daughter

A Garrard County woman is accused of leaving her diabetic daughter in a mobile home with no running water and little food, Sheriff Ronnie Wardrip said Monday.

Kentucky State Police arrested Joyce Ann Sands, 41, late Friday.

Sands was arrested after Deputy Sheriff James Napier responded to a call last week at a rental mobile home on White Lick Road about 13 miles east of Lancaster, War drip said.

Napier found a 15-year-old girl who said Sands had left her there for several days. The water had been shut off for nine days.

The girl was taken to a hospital so her sugar level could be stabilized, Wardrip said. He didn't give a name for the girl, but he said she is a daughter of Sands. Wardrip said he didn't know where the girl was now because she was under the care of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Sands was charged with criminal abuse, wanton endangerment and abandonment of a minor. She initially was held in the Whitley County jail, but Wardrip said she was to be moved Monday to the jail in Lincoln County, where Garrard County inmates are held.

Kentucky State Police are investigating, Wardrip said.