Parents indicted for keeping children in filthy house

BY FRED PETKE

Sun reporter

Two parents are facing criminal abuse charges after allegedly keeping their family in a home filled with bugs, trash and a non-operating shower.

Kimberly and Julian Jackson, of Pendleton Street, were both indicted recently for second-degree criminal abuse after police discovered the situation in May 2020.

Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said two of the Jacksons’ nine children ran away on May 4, 2020. After the children showed up at one of the fire stations, officers took the children home and found the unhealthy living conditions, Hall said.

“The house was in pretty poor condition,” Hall said. “There was no usable shower. According to everyone there, the shower been used in a couple weeks.”

Throughout the house was trash, soiled diapers, animal feces and bugs, he said.

“Obviously with the conditions the way they were, there’s a chance for bodily harm,” he said.

At the time, there were nine children ranging in age from 1 to 16 in the home, along with an adult child, he said. They children were placed in foster care that day, he said.

The Jacksons were not arrested at the time because of COVID restrictions in place, he said. The case was presented directly to the Clark County grand jury.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments March 5:

• Pamela Dunn, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Felicia D. Watkins, possession of marijuana, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, prescription controlled substance not in original container, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Joseph S. Arvin, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device.

• Jessica P. Burge, careless driving, improper equipment, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Michael D. Johnson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Ryan Perry, receiving stolen property over $500.

• Michael D. Powell and Caleb Turner, theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 (auto).

• Justin T. Byrd, second-degree burglary, resisting arrest.

• Preston Gross, driving on a suspended operator’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – fentanyl.

• Kimberly Ingram, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine (two counts), first-degree possession of a controlled substance – heroin, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – fentanyl, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Judon D. Cardell, first-degree fleeing or evading police third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree escape, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Caleb Turner, theft by unlawful taking over $500, receiving stolen property – firearm, receiving stolen property under $500.

• Michael D. Powell, receiving stolen property over $500, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

The following cases were dismissed by the grand jury.

• Preston Gross, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended operator’s license.

• David Farmer, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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