Two Paris residents were arrested early Sunday morning on charges of child abuse and neglect.
Brandi N. Mayo, 32, of 1550 Hwy. 69S, and Tremaine Terell Tidwell, 31, of 403 Jackson St. were arrested at 2:51 a.m. Sunday at 1550 Hwy. 69 south of Paris by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron.
According to his report, the Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a 5-year-old boy walking in a ditch along the highway wearing only his underwear.
The caller said the boy showed them what house he lived in and that they would stay with the child by the home until law enforcement arrived.
When Waldron arrived, the caller said they picked the child up about a half mile from his home.
The child said he woke up and could not find anyone in the house, so he decided to walk to town and find his mother.
The child’s 2-year-old brother was found sleeping in a bed, but no other individuals were at the home.
Waldron spoke to an aunt of the children, who said she would try to contact Mayo to get her to return home.
He also contacted the Department of Child Services to open a case on the incident.
While on the phone with DCS, Waldron said Mayo and Tidwell arrived at the residence.
Mayo told law enforcement she left Tidwell with the children and ran to the store. She said Tidwell left the residence for some reason and she picked him up walking on the road.
Tidwell said he had been watching the children, but their aunt was supposed to come over to babysit while he went to the store to buy cigarettes.
He said he heard a car pull up, assumed it was the children’s aunt and left to go to the store.
The aunt and other family members arrived at the residence shortly after Mayo and Tidwell.
The aunt said she had no idea why Tidwell thought she would be babysitting. She said she was asleep when Waldron called her.
Waldron said it seemed Mayo and Tidwell had been drinking.
Mayo and Tidwell were both placed under arrest for two counts of child abuse and neglect.
While searching Tidwell’s pockets, law enforcement found a small plastic bag containing about 1.3 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. He was additionally charged with simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.
Mayo and Tidwell were both due to appear today in General Sessions Court and were booked under a bond of $20,000 each.
DCS responded to the scene and released the children to another family member. It has opened an investigation into the matter.
In unrelated incidents:
• A Covington woman was arrested in Paris on multiple Henry County warrants.
Crystal Dawn Henson, 33, was arrested on warrant charges, including aggravated assault, by Paris Police Department Patrolman Johnathan Baxter.
According to Baxter’s report, he responded to a call that a woman was hanging around a local business on Kelley Drive.
When Baxter arrived, Henson had several clothing items spread across a picnic table at the business.
She told Baxter she was dropped off earlier and was waiting to be picked up.
Baxter spoke to dispatch and learned she was wanted on four Henry County warrants.
Henson was arrested on warrant charges of aggravated assault, domestic assault, felony vandalism and theft of property.
She is due to appear today in General Sessions Court and was booked under a bond of $4,500.
• A mower was reported stolen at 3:17 p.m. Sunday from India Road.
According to report from Lt. Josh Frey, the owner said that he went to get the mower from his barn Sunday and found it missing.
He said he last used the mower on Sept. 26.
The mower is an orange, zero-turn, 60-inch Kubota. The owner said the key to the mower was in the cup holder.
The mower is valued at $13,000.