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Kingsport mothers arrested after young children found in road

Staff report • Apr 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

A report of a small child walking in Orebank Road has prompted the arrest of two Kingsport women, who were allegedly drinking while their three children wandered onto and near the roadway.

Sarah Reilly, 24, of 5633 Orebank Road, lot 14, and Amy Harris, 36, of lot 6, have each been charged with child neglect and public intoxication. They were arrested Friday night when the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office responded to the area, after a motorist called and reported removing a child from the roadway.

Police report that as Officer Morgan Leslie spoke with the caller and child, age 2, he observed two more children, each 3-years-old, playing near the roadway. Investigation revealed two of the children belonged to Reilly, and one to Harris.

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