Mother who abandoned son in Colerain arrested in Kentucky

Heather Adkins | Photo courtesy of the Scott County Detention Center

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Heather Adkins | Photo courtesy of the Scott County Detention Center

Arrest was for charges unrelated to child endangerment charge.

COLERAIN TWP., Hamilton County — A woman who police said abandoned her son Thursday night on a dark road in Colerain Twp. was arrested Saturday in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Heather Adkins, 32, was arrested at a gas station on an outstanding warrant for an unpaid ticket. The Georgetown Police Department said they initially weren’t aware that Colerain police filed a warrant for Adkins on child endangerment. Following her arrest in Georgetown, Jim Love, spokesman for Colerain police, said Adkins will be returned to Ohio to face the child endangerment charge. She’s held in the Scott County Jail in Kentucky.

Police said the boy is 5 and nonverbal, with autism, and is from Shelbyville, Indiana, roughly 73 miles away from Cincinnati.

According to court documents, the boy was abandoned on Copper Creek Lane, an “unfamiliar, dark, dead-end street.” Colerain police said passing drivers found the boy Thursday night near the intersection of Sheed and Gaines roads, a block from where court documents said the boy was abandoned.

The stretch Sheed Road between Copper Creek Lane and Gaines Road does not have a sidewalk.

He was found wearing a jacket and sweats. Police issued a request to the public on Friday to help find the boy’s family.

“Thanks to concerned residents who called us quickly last night, he is safe and warm,” police said in a statement on Facebook. “He will remain safe while we continue the investigation.”

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