Shepherdsville dad arrested after police say 4-year-old found walking barefoot to liquor store
According to an arrest report, the incident happened on Thursday, April 30, just before 10 a.m. Police say officers were sent to Blue Lick Middle School after a bus driver found a 4-year-old girl walking barefoot on the street. The child told the bus driver that she was walking to the liquor store to find her father, police say.
Shepherdsville Police say the child took them to her apartment, but when they knocked on the door, no one answered. The child then went downstairs and opened the door, and police found a woman asleep on the couch.
When authorities woke the woman up, she allegedly told police that an hour ago, the girl's father, Joshua Myers, yelled from upstairs and asked if she could watch the child. The woman said she agreed, then told the child to take a nap, because she also wanted to take a nap.
Police say Myers never left an emergency contact number with the woman, didn't tell her the child's name and was only supposed to be gone for 20 minutes.
"The caretaker fell asleep and the child left the apartment to find her father without the caretaker's knowledge," police say.
According to the arrest report, someone told Myers that his child had been picked up by police, but he didn't ask for a ride because he believed the driver he was with was doing drugs.
Police arrested Myers, and he allegedly became very upset.
"During his fit of rage, he slammed his head of his own free will on the hood of this officer's police vehicle, causing damage to the hood," a police report states.
Myers was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.