A Hopkinsville woman was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Saturday while at her home on Faulkner Street for alleged child abuse and alcohol intoxication, according to a Hopkinsville Police Department report.
Officers were originally called to the home in reference to a disturbance. However, upon arrival, police met with Tamerika Dodson, 44, who was sitting on the front porch with her 3-year-old grandson.
According to the report, Dodson was severely intoxicated, with slurred speech, inability to answer simple questions and had beer cans throughout the area. Dodson would not cooperate when asked by officers why they were called to the residence.
Officers noticed a mark that was on the side of the 3-year-old’s head, but Dodson could not tell them how the child got the mark.
Police were given consent to search the house before they allegedly found a cockroach infestation and a small plastic toilet toy the child had been using. The toy was in the hallway and was full of urine that appeared to have never been poured out or cleaned in an extended period of time, the report stated.
The report added that Dodson is partially paralyzed and coupling that with severe intoxication, police claimed there was no way Dodson could properly care for the child, placing the child in a situation that may cause serious injury.
Officers then gave Dodson numerous opportunities to call someone to care for the child. When asked where the child’s mother was, Dodson allegedly said the mother was “running from the police.”
Dodson allegedly attempted to call a known drug addict several times to come care for the child. Police told her the child could not be placed in the care of a known drug addict, to which Dodson told officers the child could go to the neighbors.
Dodson reportedly showed no effort in finding or maintaining a safe environment for the child and was arrested.
Dodson was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree child abuse of a child under the age of 12.
In other reports:
* Antonio D. Bagwell, 35, Hopkinsville, was arrested around 12 p.m. Friday while at Hawthorne Drive for second-degree disorderly conduct and retaliating against a participant in the legal process, according to an HPD report. Bagwell was also served a warrant out of Christian County for contempt of court.
* Michael C. Allen, 29, Hopkinsville, was arrested around 4:55 p.m. Sunday while at Younglove and Lewis streets on the strength of a Christian County warrant for receiving stolen property under $10,000, according to an HPD report.
This information was obtained through police, police reports or the Christian County Jail. Readers are reminded that a charge is only an accusation and everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.