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POLICE: Louisville woman refused to let runaway child return home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville mother is facing several charges after police say she refused to allow her juvenile daughter to return home after she ran away, even though she had nowhere else to go.

According to an arrest report, officers were called to a home on Schaffner Avenue, near S. 7th Street, sometime before 2 a.m. on Feb. 19, on reports of two juvenile females banging on the windows of the house. When officers arrived, they found two juvenile runaways, "outside in extremely cold and windy conditions." The arrest slip states that the temperature was six degrees when they made contact with the juveniles.

One of the juveniles was listed as missing, and officers returned her to her father. The second juvenile was not listed as missing and was taken to the police station to contact a parent.

Police say officers attempted to make contact with the girl's mother, 35-year-old Tomisha Lewis, she answered the phone and cussed at the officer, and told him she would not pick up the child. She also stated her daughter had been missing since the previous Sunday.

That's when police drove the girl to Lewis' home. After the juvenile let officers in the house, she was asked to get her mother, who refused to come downstairs until officers called for her. According to the arrest report, Lewis "came down the stairs cussing at officers and being very aggressive."

As officers tried to take Lewis into custody, police say she began kicking at them while lying on her back. When officers stood Lewis up, police say she tried to strike one of them. As officers took Lewis down to the floor to gain control, she began cussing at her daughter "and showed zero concern for her."

Police say they took extra steps to release the juvenile to her mother due to the harsh conditions outside, but believe Lewis deserted her daughter "under circumstances endangering her life and health."

Lewis was arrested and now faces several charges, including: abandonment of a minor, criminal abuse, assaulting a police or probation officer and resisting arrest. She was being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $5,000 bond.

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