Crime

Three arrested in Laurel County after child found in cold house with no food or water

Hallie Simpson
Hallie Simpson Photo submitted

Three people were arrested in Laurel County after a 4-year-old boy was found in deplorable conditions Saturday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a domestic dispute at a home off Old Richmond Road about two miles north of London at 6:50 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

When they arrived, they found a man with injuries to his back and his face, but they also noticed that it was only about 35 degrees inside the home and they could see their breath.

The only heat was from a small space heater that was not adequate to heat even a single room, and there was no food or running water, according to the sheriff’s office.

The boy was “laying in a bed soaked with urine,” the release stated.

Deputies arrested the boy’s mother, Hallie Simpson, 30, and charged her with endangering the welfare of a minor and fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.

They also arrested the child’s grandmother, Charolett Simpson, 66, of London, and the mother’s boyfriend, Jonathan Gross, 34, of Crab Orchard, charging them both with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Gross also faces charges of menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct because he “became aggressive with social workers who had been called to the scene,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Social services workers removed the child from the home.

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