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Elizabethtown couple arrested after 4-year-old allegedly found in home with black box

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Nathan Abbott and Tressia Bryant (Source: Hardin County Detention Center) Nathan Abbott and Tressia Bryant (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)
Nathan Abbott (Source: Hardin County Detention Center) Nathan Abbott (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)
Tressia Bryant (Source: Hardin County Detention Center) Tressia Bryant (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Elizabethtown Police say two Hardin County suspects have been arrested after a child was found wandering a home containing drugs.

According to arrest reports, the incident occurred on Friday, July 21, just before 6 p.m. at a home on Terry Court, near the intersection of College Street and S. Mulberry Street, in Elizabethtown. 

Police say they stopped by the home, looking for 26-year-old Nathan Abbott, who was wanted on two warrants. According to arrest reports, 25-year-old Tressia Bryant, Abbott's girlfriend, answered the door. A 4-year-old was also inside the home.

When a police officer asked to talk to Abbott, he allegedly took an item from his pants pocket and tried to hide it under a blanket on the couch. The officer then asked Abbott what he was hiding, and Abbott said nothing, according to the arrest report.

At that point, police say Abbott was handcuffed and arrested on the outstanding warrants.

Police say they found a glass pipe with suspected marijuana under the blanket.

At this discovery, police say they asked that the 4-year-old be taken out of the home. Bryant, the homeowner, agreed to sign a form consenting to a search of her home and vehicle. 

Police say they found a black "makeup-style box" in the middle of the living room floor. Inside that box, police allegedly discovered a second glass pipe with suspected marijuana, a grinder and a white box containing prescription drugs. 

"All of these items were found in the unlocked box on the living room floor where I had just seen Bryant's four-year-old playing," police wrote in an arrest warrant.

Both Abbott and Bryant denied ownership of the box, according to the arrest reports: Bryant claimed the box belonged to Abbott, and Abbott claimed the box belonged to Bryant. 

Abbott was arrested on the spot and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and violating conditions of his release.

A warrant was issued for Bryant's arrest on Wednesday and she was taken into custody early Friday morning. She is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects are currently being held in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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