'Very dangerous and deadly situation': 5-month-old baby found laying in the road

Published: Jan. 9, 2020 at 11:00 PM EST
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A call for help early Thursday morning led deputies to Vaughn Ridge Road just west of London.

"Very dangerous and deadly situation," said Gilbert Acciardo from the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were following up on a complaint of a woman running down the road.

When they got there, they found Destiny McQueen, 21, under the influence. During her arrest, she told police that her two children were nearby.

"It's a really scary situation and it's a good thing that somebody observed all this and called 911 and had us come out to the scene," said Acciardo.

Deputies found the five-and-a-half-month-old infant nearly one mile away from McQueen.

Police say when they found the child, the boy was wearing very little clothing and the outside temperature was 35 degrees.

"She's charged with the most serious charges that we could place and we'll have to let this run through the court system but I'm sure that it will be viewed very, very carefully," said Acciardo.

While searching for the second child, they ended up at the home McQueen came from. They found the second child, a 2-year-old, and Michael Augst, 49, who was also under the influence.

"All kinds of bad things that could have happened," said Acciardo.

EMS was called to check up on both the children, who were placed in the care of child protective services.

Investigators tell WYMT they are unsure what exactly occurred.

"That night law enforcement had to be the advocates for those children," said Acciardo.

McQueen and Augst face multiple charges including wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor and public intoxication.