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Child welfare investigation results in drug arrest


The McCracken County Sheriff's Department says a child welfare investigation resulted in a drug arrest on Monday morning.

Joseph King was charged with possession of a controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine) and possession of paraphernalia.

Jessica Nix was cited for wanton endangerment second.

According to deputies, around 8:42 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, they were dispatched to the 300 block of Oaks Road on a report that a small, nude child was walking on the road.

They say a concerned driver and neighbors had stopped and removed the small child from the road and covered the child in a blanket before calling law enforcement.

Deputies arrived and determined that the child belonged to Nix and King, both of Paducah.

According to Nix was the only parent at home at the time of the incident and was unaware that her child was outside when they talked to her.

Nix said she had been asleep.

Social services was contacted and responded for a home inspection.

Deputies say they also saw Nix trying suspiciously to conceal items.

The sheriff's department said deputies asked and received consent to search. During the search, they found multiple syringes and other paraphernalia consistent with methamphetamine use.

Through the investigation, deputies say they determined that the meth and paraphernalia belonged to King.

Social services concluded that the incident was not intentional and released the child back into the care of her mother, Nix.

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