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February 12, 2013

Two arrested in separate child endangerment cases

Richmond crime report

RICHMOND — At 5:19 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to the Lexington Road Dollar General store to investigate a report of possible drug use in a vehicle.

“Upon arrival, the officer was met by a ‘good samaritan’ who reported that he had observed a female … slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with a small child crying next to her,” according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

When the “good samaritan” attempted to rouse Deidri E. Taylor, 28, of Lexington Road, “she became aggressive and entered the Dollar General store carrying a can of compressed air/gas duster, leaving the infant behind,” the police reported stated.

That evening, it was 36 degrees outside, so the “good samaritan” took the 16-month-old girl to his vehicle to keep her warm until police arrived.

Meanwhile, Taylor had entered the restroom inside the store and the investigating officer said he could hear what sounded like an air duster being used.

The officer gained entry with a key after Taylor refused to open the door. She was found sitting on the toilet and appeared unresponsive, but as the officer approached, she struck him in the chest, the police report stated.

The officer was uninjured, and Taylor was arrested and transported to Baptist Health for medical clearance, according to the police report.

The child was unharmed and released to an adult relative.

Taylor was charged with abandonment of a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment and volatile substance abuse and detained at the Madison County Detention Center. She was released the following day after posting 10 percent of a $1,000 bond, according a jail employee.

Around the same time Saturday, officers pulled over Rhonda S. Crabtree, 34, of Maple Grove Road, and charged her with endangering a 1-year-old child.

Crabtree was stopped on South Third Street for erratic driving, according to the report.

The officer determined Crabtree was under the influence of an intoxicant other than alcohol, according to the police report.

She was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, no auto insurance, no registration plates and disregarding a traffic control device.

She was released Monday afternoon on a $1,000 bond.

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