Shepherdsville mom arrested after toddlers allegedly found wandering near highway in diapers
Police say a woman found the kids and called police.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Shepherdsville woman was arrested on Monday after police say two 2-year-olds were found wandering next to a highway wearing nothing but diapers.
According to an arrest report, the incident took place just before 4 p.m. on Monday. Shepherdsville Police say they were called to the intersection of Highway 44 and Tanager Lane, near Floyds Fork, after someone reported seeing two small children wearing only diapers next to the highway.
When officers arrived, they found a woman with the two toddlers. She said she saw the children, who were twins, near the road and immediately stopped to make sure they would not get hit by a car.
While she continued to stay with the children, police went to a nearby apartment complex to try to make contact with the mother of the children, 29-year-old Sierra Edds.
"I love my kids more than anything. I have been through hell and back to make sure they are safe and I can take care of them," Edds told WDRB's Joel Schipper from behind bars on Wednesday. "I am not a bad mom. It wasn’t even a mistake. It was a freak accident."
When officers knocked on the door of Edds' apartment, she opened the door and police were immediately greeted by the "overwhelming" smell of marijuana. Police say they told Edds to remove any marijuana she had in the home. She then went into the master bedroom and returned with "a small plastic bag of a green leafy substance" that police believe was marijuana.
Despite this, Edds allegedly told officers she could not remember the last time she had smoked marijuana.
"That was not what was happening. I had just woke up. That was not what was happening. They insinuated (what) was going on when I went to go into the living room with my children," Edds said.
According to the arrest report, she told officers she went to the restroom and when she came out, she discovered the front door was open and her twins were missing.
Neighbors say they are not surprised by the arrest, noting they often see Edds' children walking around outside unsupervised. But, Edds disagrees.
"They’ve never gotten out of the house by themselves before. Never anything like this," she said.
Police arrested Edds and charged her with endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of marijuana. She is currently being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center.
A judge has ordered Edds to avoid contact with her twins during the duration of the court process.
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