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"This incident is really out there," said Jim Knoll, public information officer for the Clarksville police department. "We very rarely get something like this."
Police were called to the 2500 block of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard just before 8 p.m. Friday after a 16-year-old boy said he'd been left on the side of the road by his mother.
The teen told police he and his mother drove there from Alabama so the mother could visit her boyfriend.
He then told police his mother had been drinking, and crashed into another car but refused to stop.
"He was apparently freaked out," Knoll said. "He wanted to get out of that vehicle. He felt endangered and when you get a kid that's that concerned with their safety, it's got to shake them up."
The mother allegedly then drove off and later told police she was back in Alabama and would return to get her son but did not say when.
Warrants for Cheryl Simpson, 42, of New Market, Alabama were issued for child abuse and reckless endangerment.
Police say the boy's father planned to travel from Ohio to take custody of the boy.
"In law enforcement you never know what the evening is going to bring," Knoll said.
While that may have been the most unusual case Clarksville police worked Friday night, it was far from being the only one involving children.
"Last night they were running from call to call to call," Knoll said.
Just after 10:00 p.m. officers responded to a call on Doane Drive where a 4 year-old-girl was found crying on her porch and told police she could not find her parents.
"I just cannot believe a parent would be that irresponsible, that immature to leave a child like that," said Juanita Dyce, who lives in the neighborhood. "It scares me to death."
Police said the girl led an officer into the home where the situation was even more dangerous.
"There were loaded firearms inside the house," Knoll said. "And as you're aware over the last couple of months we've had incidents where children have shot themselves."
The mother, 31-year-old Shera Stoner was cited for reckless endangerment, police said.
"Knowing now that there was guns in the house, I hate to say it but I do hope they get punishment," Dyce said. "They deserve punishment. That's not being a proper parent by any means."
Just after 10:00 p.m. and less than two miles away, a man later identified as Edward Gill, 54, allegedly approached two teenage boys ages 15 and 16 and asked them to engage in sexual activities. He faces two counts of solicitation of a minor and a $50,000 dollar bond.
Police also responded to the Cumberland Manor Apartments around 7:45 p.m. where investigators say a 7-year-old and an infant were left alone for almost two hours. The mother, Jennifer Waller, 28, faces two counts of child abuse/neglect, police said.
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Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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