POLICE: Louisville mom arrested after child found crying alone outside apartment
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville mother was arrested Tuesday morning after police say a child was found crying alone, abandoned outside an apartment complex.
According to an arrest report, it happened just before 5:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 6700 block of Carribean Lane, just south of the intersection of Fern Valley Road and Shepherdsville Road.
Police say they were sent to that location after someone reported that a child was outside the complex alone, crying for her mother.
When officers arrived, they allegedly found the crying child sitting on the steps of the apartment complex. Police say she told them she didn't know where her mother was. According to the arrest report, she was able to point out which apartment she lived in, but when officers knocked on the door, no one answered.
"Based on the exigent circumstances that we had a child left alone and we feared that the mother may be endangered, officers entered the unlocked residence in search of the mother," the arrest report states.
Once inside the apartment, police say there was no one to be found, but they did find a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine.
A short time later, the child's mother, 19-year-old Kari Gross, arrived. Police say she told them she had left to give a friend a ride to work, and the upstairs neighbor was supposed to be watching the child for her -- but the neighbor told officers this was untrue.
According to the arrest report, police got permission to continue searching the apartment, where they found scales, grinders, a small bag of marijuana, a glass pipe, six prescription pills and small bags containing a "white substance."
Gross was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, abandonment of a minor, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
Child Protective Services was called to the scene and the child's grandmother took temporary custody of her.
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