Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Mother denies endangering girl

By By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A woman accused of leaving her 7-week-old daughter in a house with crack users pleaded not guilty Monday to endangering the welfare of a minor.

        Tiffany Irene Turner, 20, who told authorities she was homeless and had no means of income, remained in the Kenton County Jail on Monday after failing to post a $2,500 cash bond. She will next appear in Kenton District Court on March 13.

        “(Ms. Turner) is a crack addict who had been in treatment,” said Covington Police Detective Marty Epperson. “When she had this baby, she signed guardianship over to Angela Henderson.”

        Covington police arrested Ms. Turner on Saturday after Ms. Henderson reported the infant missing.

        “During that time, (Ms. Turner) admittedly smoked crack cocaine and left the infant with known crack users,” Covington police reported.

        Ms. Henderson, who lives in Covington's MainStrasse neighborhood, told police that Ms. Turner had picked up her daughter on Friday to take her to the doctor.

        The infant suffers from anemia, and must get her blood count checked periodically, Detective Epperson said.

        When Ms. Turner failed to show up at Children's Hospital and did not return her daughter to her guardian, Ms. Henderson called police.

        An officer later spotted Ms. Turner in front of a Covington home, and found the child inside apparently unharmed, police said.

        Kenton District Judge Doug Grothaus issued an emergency custody order Saturday, placing the infant with a foster family, pending a hearing.


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