POLICE: 3-year-old boy found wandering Thorntons parking lot
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two people have been arrested after Louisville Metro Police say a child they were responsible for was found wandering the parking lot of Thorntons.
According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Monday, Oct. 28, just before 9 p.m. at the Thorntons at the corner of 1st St. and W. Broadway.
Police say an officer spotted a 3-year-old boy standing behind a car at the gas pump, just as another car pulled up. The child allegedly walked in front of that car, then wandered into the drive lane.
"Thorntons is an extremely busy gas station with traffic coming and going all the time," police say. "The child had no parent anywhere in sight."
Police say the adults in the parking lot were questioned, but no one knew who was supposed to be watching the child.
An officer eventually shined a light into a nearby car and found 35-year-old Jason W. Horsman asleep in the passenger seat, police say. That officer allegedly had to shine the flashlight into Horsman's eyes in order to wake him up. Horsman told police that the little boy belonged to him and 29-year-old Leann O. Deramus, who was inside the gas station using the restroom, according to arrest reports.
Police say they saw three pills "appearing to be narcotics" in the center console of the car, and after conducting a search of the vehicle, found synthetic marijuana inside.
Moments later, Deramus walked out of the gas station.
Both suspects were arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, possession of prescription drugs that weren't in their proper container and possession of synthetic drugs.
Police say both suspects displayed "extreme indifference to the value of life."
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