Lexington man accused of endangering son in drug deal gone bad

William Hanks
was beaten; his son was kidnapped, released.
William Hanks was beaten; his son was kidnapped, released.

A man who allegedly took his 5-year-old son along to buy drugs was charged with wanton endangerment after the boy was taken by three people and then put out of their vehicle alone on Woodland Avenue.

William R. Hanks, 30, brought his son with him to Lexington to buy narcotics Friday night and at some point befriended two women in their 20s and a man in his 30s, according to a news release by Lexington police.

The three took Hanks and his child to a field in the 5600 block of Winchester Road, where the man assaulted Hanks and took his cellphone, wallet and drugs.

They then left in their dark blue Chevrolet Blazer, with the boy still inside.

Hanks went to the back door of a nearby house on Winchester Road and asked for help, and police and firefighters were dispatched at 7:13 a.m. Hanks told them his son had been kidnapped.

Meanwhile, the women and man drove the child to the Woodland Avenue area, where they "gave him his father's driver's license, pointed to the homes and told him to knock on the doors and someone would help him," according to the release.

At 8 a.m., while officers were still getting information from Hanks and beginning to search, police got a call to the 100 block of Woodland Avenue for a report of a 5-year-old boy outside crying.

It was Hanks' son.

Hanks was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center on Saturday night on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment, "for placing his son at risk of serious physical injury or death," according to the release.

Police were still looking for the women and man. They asked that anyone with information call 258-3600.