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Father arrested after leaving child alone

July 2nd, 2014 1:08 pm by Becky Campbell

Father arrested after leaving child alone

A Jonesborough man was found intoxicated inside a trash-strewn home hours after he allegedly left his child alone over night and then threatened a relative, according to a court document detailing his arrest.

Jason A. Keys, 43. 607 Conklin Road, was charged with child abuse and neglect and domestic assault by intimidation after a verbally violent encounter with his sister.

Officers first responded to a home on LC McKee Road in Jonesborough shortly before 7p.m. in reference to a domestic intimidation. At that residence, Jill Emmert told officers that one of her brothers — not Keys — had brought Keys’ 8-year-old son to her house after finding the boy alone at his house, located at 607 Conklin Road.

The child told officers he woke up that morning and his father was not home and he had no idea where he had gone. When the boy’s uncle found him, he took the child to the aunt’s home.

That was early in the day on Wednesday, and Emmert kept her nephew all day. She didn’t hear from the boy’s father, Keys, until around 6 p.m..

That’s when Keys showed up at Emmert’s residence, blew the horn, got out and beat on the end of the trailer.

Emmert told officers she went outside and her brother said, “What do you mean?” She said she had no idea what he meant by that, but then he said he “should just pull out a gun and blow her brains out.”

The woman told officers she never saw a gun and that Keys left without asking about his son.

Deputy John Foister went to Keys’ residence and said the man appeared intoxicated.

“He also had sores on the inside of both arms, conducive of needle drug abuse. The residence where the child was living was covered with trash and clutter and appeared to be an unsafe habitat for a small child,” Foister wrote in the arrest warrant.

Keys was held on a $2,000 bond and scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

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