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POLICE: Lebanon Junction parents arrested for abandonment of minors at Motel 6

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Kelly Hensley and Jonathan Knauer (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) Kelly Hensley and Jonathan Knauer (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville Police say two Lebanon Junction parents have been arrested after they abandoned three children at a Motel 6.

According to arrest reports, the incident took place just before 4 a.m. Tuesday at the Motel 6 on N. Joe B. Hall Avenue, near E. 4th Street, in Shepherdsville.

Police say an officer was driving through the Motel 6 parking lot, on a crime prevention detail, when he saw a woman going through a vehicle. The officer walked up to the vehicle and began speaking to the woman, who was going through a vehicle with two small children asleep in the back seat.

When the officer asked her if she had a room there, she replied that the children in the car were her nephews, and that she was just visiting, according to the arrest reports.

She also allegedly told police that she had left a 10-year-old alone in a room at the Motel 6.

Police say an officer went to the room to check on the child, but no one answered the door, so the officer obtained a key and unlocked the door.

The inside of the room was "very hot," according to police, with the thermostat set to 92 degrees. A 10-year-old was found sleeping on the bed. When the officer woke the child up, the child allegedly told the officer that he hadn't seen his parents since 8 p.m. -- several hours earlier.

Police say they checked the bathroom for other people, and found a meth pipe sticking out from under a towel, as well as methamphetamine, "all within reach of a child." According to the arrest reports, police then obtained a search warrant, and found more methamphetamnine, meth pipes, digital scales, baggies and Adderall.

At 5 a.m., police contacted the parents of the children, 32-year-old Jonathan Knauer and 28-year-old Kelly Hensley, who promised to be there in 20 minutes -- but police say it would be two hours and 15 minutes before they got there.

When they arrived, they were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of controlled substance endangerment to a child, three counts of abandonment of a minor and possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine).

They are currently being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

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