A toddler who valued honesty and integrity is credited with helping authorities locate a wanted fugitive in Kentucky, according to authorities.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office and the Williamsburg Police Department, were attempting to serve a warrant at a home on Feb. 24 on a woman who had multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest.
“While investigating the whereabouts of the fugitive, no adult family member was willing to report whether or not the fugitive was inside the house,” the sheriff’s office said.
A “very brave” and “honest” little boy who was visiting the home, however, decided to get involved in the situation.
According to the sheriff’s office, the child “stood up, put his hands on his hips, and stated: ‘It is good to be honest… we shouldn’t lie, she is inside the room next to the bathroom!’”
Deputies went to where the young child indicated and were able to locate the fugitive hiding there.
Authorities served Tina Hicks, 45, with two outstanding warrants charging her with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia as well as four other outstanding district court warrants, the sheriff’s office said.
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Deputy Brentley Patrick commended the toddler for his integrity and service to the community.
“He was healthy, intelligent, and in no way appeared to be abused,” the sheriff’s office said, noting the boy “was just at the wrong place [at the] wrong time.”
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