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UPDATE: La Grange, Ky., mom responds after she's accused of endangering her 3-year-old son

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Shawnya Tarter (Source: Henry County Detention Center) Shawnya Tarter (Source: Henry County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Henry County Sheriff's Office has arrested a La Grange, Ky., woman after authorities say her 3-year-old son was found wandering alone.

According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Monday, March 14, just before 3:30 p.m.. Authorities say they were called to a home on Hickory Hill Road, near Lagrange Road, in Henry County, after a woman reported that she found her neighbor's 3-year-old child on her porch and that his diaper "was beyond full."

When a member of the Henry County Sheriff's Department arrived, they allegedly saw that the child was "dirty, had bruises on his body, and had a burn on his finger."

Child Protective Services arrived a short time later, and they went the home of the child's mother, 38-year-old Shawnya Tarter, who was nearby.

Tarter talked with WDRB after the police report was released. 

"The police and child services are dramatizing what really happened. My son was not abuse. His diaper was not full like they said in that report. He was not neglected. I was looking for him when police got there," she said. 

According to police, Tarter was standing in the door of her home when they arrived. When they asked Tarter if she knew where her boy was, she allegedly said that she did not -- and that she had been trying to find him.

We asked Tarter how the boy got out of the home. 

"I have a child lock on my door, and he some how got that open. I'm going to have to add a chain up high just to make sure everything is locked," she said.  

Authorities say she "had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her" and that she admitted that she had drunk "a fifth of Rum" and had been asleep.

According to the arrest report, authorities eventually determined that Tarter had passed out, and the boy had walked across the street to the neighbor's home by himself.

Tarter was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. 

But, Tarter told WDRB she was watching her child; he just managed to wander off. 

"This is the only time this has ever happened. My neighbors know I'm good with my children. I love my kids. I miss them, and I want them back," she said. 

Her three children -- aged 13, 11, and 3 years old -- are with family members while her case is decided. Tarter's next court hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 28. 

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