Police: Couple arrested for leaving child alone at gas station

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SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Salyersville Police arrested two people Friday for allegedly endangering the welfare of a minor.

Officers responded to reports of a child left behind at Double Kwik. After investigating, police learned that Richard L. Caldwell and Margaret Ann Wright were arguing when they got into separate cars and drove to VIP Fuels.

A Double Kwik worker told police that Caldwell looked intoxicated and was yelling and cursing at Wright, with the child and bystanders present. The worker watched the child, who was about 10 years old, after the two adults drove off.

Police said Caldwell was jittery and had glassy eyes, and that he admitted to taking prescribed hydrocodone six hours before. Wright was also intoxicated, officers said, and she had a bottle of gabapentin prescribed to her mother. There was also two Suboxone strips and a bottle of urine in her possession.

After further investigation, police learned that Wright was not supposed to have the child left at Double Kwik in her care. She admitted to picking up the kid without permission from the state.

Caldwell is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and several traffic violations.

Wright is charged with felony custodial interference, driving under the influence, drug possession and a couple of traffic violations.

Both are in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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