http://www.cbs42.com/content/localne....cspx?rss=1659A father and mother have been arrested for child endangerment after leaving their three young children in a locked car. The three children ranged from approximately ages six to ten years of age. This incident occurred on Lock 17 Road near Gaswell Road.
When deputies first arrived on the scene, they convinced the children to unlock to door where they could better communicate with them. Although appearing frightened, they did unlock the door to talk to police. It was at that point that deputies also noticed there was no food or drink in the car as well as no air conditioning.
The children told deputies their parents had walked off into the woods. During the conversation, a white male came out of the woods. When asked where his wife was, he responded by saying that she was sitting in the woods. She was actually located lying in the roadway of Gaswell Road. She was severely intoxicated.
The two adults have been identified as 32 year old Benjamin Heath Latham; and 28 year old Carrie Morrison Latham. The husband and wifewere both arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and the wife was also arrested for public intoxication.
The children have been taken into protective custody of DHR (Department of Human Resources) while both the father and mother are being held with 6000 dollar (father) and 8000 dollar (mother) bonds.