Richmond police arrested a man Wednesday evening on two counts of first-degree criminal abuse (child 12 or younger) after officers were called to a child care business, where it was reported two children had severe bruising Tuesday.
Officers arrived and spoke with an employee, who said they were in their office and noticed bruising on one of the child’s faces when the employee brushed the child’s hair over their ear, according to a citation. The employee then asked the child about the bruise but the child didn’t answer.
The employee then checked the child’s back and noticed more bruises on the child’s arms, back and thighs, as well as other places, the citation states.
The child told the employee that Timothy McIntosh, 28, Lancaster, had spanked them because they were being bad, the citation states. They said the man also spanked their sibling.
Officers spoke with the two children, and the older one said McIntosh spanked them the day before with an open hand at their residence, the citation states. The child said Marybeth Register, 28, Foxhaven Court, told McIntosh he needed to leave after he had injured the children.
Police noticed some of their bruises were in the shape of a hand print, the citation states.
Officers then spoke with Register, who said she never witnessed McIntosh being aggressive with the children, the citation states. She also said he hadn’t been at their residence since 9 p.m. Saturday, but later told officers that he had seen the children every day since Saturday.
Register said the children were with McIntosh on Monday, and the three of them were outside alone for about 30 minutes, but that she didn’t notice bruises Tuesday as she was getting the children ready for daycare.
Register gave officers permission to look at her phone conversations with McIntosh, and she “was unable to provide correct times and lied in reference to multiple questions, even though I had the answer in front of me on her phone,” the citation reads.
Register later admitted McIntosh was alone with the children 8-9 p.m. Monday while she went out to get cigarettes, the citation states. When she came home, everyone was asleep, she said. Tuesday morning, McIntosh asked Register several times to keep the children home from daycare.
Officers came to the conclusion that Register permitted or allowed the man to spank, hit or abuse the children, in addition to allowing him to cruelly punish the children, the citation states, and she was arrested Tuesday.
Wednesday evening, McIntosh went to the Richmond Police Department for an interview, during which he changed his story several times and seemed unsure of what he did each day from Saturday through Tuesday, according to a second citation.
He first said he and Register were at Register's home Sunday, and that they watched movies together, but later, he said he worked in Nicholasville Sunday, the citation states. He said Register stayed with one of his friends during that time.
When asked by officers if McIntosh had ever spanked the children or had been with them alone, he said he never watched the children alone, the second citation states. He said Register never allowed it.
McIntosh said Register didn't leave him alone with the children on Monday, the second citation states. When officers told him that both children said he spanked them Monday night, McIntosh said he didn't want to talk to officers anymore.
McIntosh was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.
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Richmond police arrested Joshua Laster, 38, Lexington, for third-degree controlled substance trafficking (more than 120 dosage units, drug unspecified), first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin), first-degree controlled substance possession (cocaine), two counts of tampering with physical evidence, third-degree assault (police or probation officer), three counts of third-degree assault (EMS, fire, rescue squad), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and second-degree disorderly conduct after officers were called to Cottonwood Drive because of alleged suspicious activity.
The caller reported a van in the area kept pulling in and out of a driveway, and someone kept running from the van to a house and back to the van, according to a citation. When officers arrived, they saw the van and spoke with Laster, who was in the back seat.
In plain view, officers noticed a hypodermic needle in a bag and asked Laster to give items he had in his hand to police, the citation states. However, Laster then threw the items on the floor next to him.
Officers asked Laster to exit the vehicle, and when he did, he threw more items on the ground and was detained, according to the citation. Officers then noticed he was chewing something, and they saw a white powder substance on his mouth. Police told him to spit it out, but he continued to chew.
Officers placed a neck restraint on Laster for his own safety in fear that he might have tried to swallow controlled substances, the citation states. He eventually spit out the items, which appeared to be a plastic bag with suspected heroin, another bag containing suspected cocaine and possible half-eaten Xanax.
Police searched Laster and found a bag containing 27 whole and 46 halves of Xanax bars, the citation states. He said a resident told him to sell drugs off them.
Madison County EMS then took Laster to Baptist Health Richmond to be medically cleared for jail, the citation states. When they arrived, Laster became very irate, becoming aggressive against medical staff and EMS.
Laster refused to cooperate with their requests and began to jerk violently toward medical staff and EMS, the citation states. Officers tried to restrain him, but he began to scream, jerk and kick more violently. He also spit on one officer, one EMT and two of the hospital staff, so a spit mask was put on Laster.
While trying to restrain Laster's legs, he tried to kick officers and hospital security, and it took about 10 people to further restrain him, according to the citation. However, he continued being violent, so an officer delivered a five-second Drive Stun Taser on his left shoulder. The officer was cut on their hand during the incident.
Laster was then taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.
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Also arrested recently were:
• Jimmy Murphy, 41, Irvine, on warrants for second-degree escape and failure to appear.
• Darrell Allen, 34, Moberly Avenue, Richmond, no registration receipt, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000), no registration plates, operating on a suspended or revoked license, failure to produce insurance card and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance.
• Emily Davenport, 21, Forest Lane, Richmond, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000). She was also arrested on warrants for probation violations and failure to appear.
• Barry Roberts, 45, Spring Circle Drive, Berea, second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), two counts of third-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on warrants for failure to appear and contempt of court.
• Naomi Montecinos, 37, South Keeneland Drive, first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin), first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. She was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.
• Crystal Ashcraft, 39, Spurlin Mobile Home Park, Richmond, first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
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