A Johnson County man who left his children in the car while he went into a local hospital to check on his overdosed wife was charged Tuesday with neglecting his kids.
It happened around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday when Robert C. Blevins, 27, 249 Cooper Fork Road, Mountain City, left the two young children in his car outside Johnson City Medical Center’s emergency room.
Blevins was charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect.
Blevins wife, Tabitha Mahala, was in the hospital being treated for an overdose, according to court records.
Blevins told police that his kids were only in the car five to 10 minutes before he asked a nurse to check on them while he was with his wife.
But medical staff at the hospital apparently felt there was an issue with the children’s care and they called police.
“The medical staff thinks the children may have been left in the car between 30 minutes to an hour,” Officer Adam Lunceford wrote in the court affidavit.
The children, both under age 6, were checked at the pediatric ER.
Police said in the court affidavit that both children needed a diaper change, one had a rash and both needed baths.
Officials also notified the Child Protective Services and the agency was taking steps to remove the children from the home.
Blevins told police he and his wife take Xanax and methadone and he gets the drugs “off the street.”
He was arraigned on the charges Wednesday and was being held on a $20,000 bond.