Two separate cases of child abuse and neglect leave neighbors in shock

Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- The LMPD says four children escaped an abusive situation then walked to the nearest police station for help. But it isn't the only case of child endangerment Louisville police are currently investigating.

This past Friday, two separate woman--one an aunt, the other a mother--were arrested on charges related to child endangerment.

41-year-old Yolanda Pearson was arrested and charged with five counts of criminal child abuse, and one count of assault after her six nieces and nephews reported being beaten with an electrical cord.

"I'm Still shocked, seems like a pretty nice lady," said neighbor Michael Thomas. Thomas said he had helped Pearson with her car a few times and didn't think anything was wrong.

Neighbors we spoke with in the neighborhood said the six children, who were Yolanda's nieces and nephews, were only seen outside of the home when they were doing yard work or coming home from school.

"They weren't allowed to come out, and none of the other kids in the neighborhood were allowed to play at their house," said Thomas.

Thomas said it was his grand daughter who walked with her school mates to the sub-station to report the abuse. He said the children were covered in bruises.

"They said they had been beaten and hit with hammers and stuff like that," he said. Another neighbor added that the children claimed they had been pushed down the stairs and beaten with a rifle on past occasions.

According to police reports, the children, ages 14, 12, 12, 11, 10 and 10, were beaten with an extension cord after their aunt came home and found a washcloth left on the bathroom floor.

Neighbors tell us the four children's mother is dead. And with no sign of their father, they're in foster care as their aunt sits in jail.

On the same day that Pearson was arrested, another woman, 28-year-old Jennifer Nunnally was booked on four counts of abandonment and four counts of endangerment.

"The aunt of these four children was notified, went by there, noticed that the place didn't have any electricity or running water or food," said Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell. He said after the aunt took the kids to get food, she took them to authorities.

The children included a 9-year-old and 5-year old girls and 2-year-old twin boys. The eldest daughter told police their mother had not been home for three days and they didn't know why or where she was.

The four kids in this second case are now with their aunt - who reported her sister to police for leaving them home alone.

Nunnally appeared in court on Monday, June 3, and pleaded not guilty. She is being held on $2,500 bond. She will be back in court June 13.

LMPD's Mitchell says, unfortunately, these two cases are not unusual.

"Unfortunately we have some people in society that put kids in danger, that their lives could be snuffed out or have some type of serious injury because they aren't under adult supervision."

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