Police searching for parents of wandering 4-year-old find marijuana growing operation
Police say a 4-year-old boy wandering alone on a busy street led officers back to a home filled with pot plants but no parents.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a 4-year-old boy wandering alone on a busy street led officers back to his house. His parents weren't there, but police say they found a marijuana growing operation and dozens of plants.
According to arrest reports, it happened around 7:30 Tuesday evening in the 2700 block of Six Mile Lane. That's when an officer noticed a 4-year-old boy, "walking within feet of the roadway." Police say the child took the officer back to his house, but no adult could be found. While waiting for a parent to arrive, "officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana and saw large bud from a marijuana plant."
Police waited in the driveway for a parent to return. After about 30 minutes, police say the boy's mother -- 42-year-old Christina Auble -- entered the home from the garage and said she had been rinsing her hair. Another woman -- 21-year-old Chelsie Isenberg -- who lives at the home, was with her.
After getting a search warrant for the home, police say they found 89 plants in the basement, and more than five pounds of loose marijuana in every bedroom of the house, including the child's room. Police also found pills, packaging materials, a ledger for how to buy and sell the pills, scales and other paraphernalia.
"Even at night it can be very busy and it's frightening to think of a little boy wandering down the street," said one neighbor on Six Mile Lane. "I'm so sorry that that has happened to anybody's child and in this neighborhood."
The neighbor says it's not the first time police have shown up at the home.
"Because it's a rental house and I've also heard yelling and fighting from that house," she said.
Both women at the home were arrested.
Isenberg is charged with cultivating in marijuana greater than five plants, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia,
Auble is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, wanton endangerment, cultivating in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both women are being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $5,000 cash only bond.
We called Child Protective Services to find out what happened with the child, but as of news time Wednesday night, did not hear back.
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