Man charged with endangering a minor

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By Linda Ireland

An Upton man was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and alcohol intoxication last week.

LaRue County Deputy Doug Sherrard responded to a complaint of a domestic disturbance on High Street between James “Jimmy” Haddock, 35, and Rachel Hersker about 7:30 p.m. July 18.

The couple had gotten into an argument and Hersker left with their youngest child. She told Deputy Sherrard that Haddock would not let the oldest child go with her.

The officer checked the couple’s residence but no one was there. He reached Haddock by cell phone and was given “different accounts” of the child’s location.

“For about 20 to 30 minutes, we did not know where this 6-year-old was,” said Sherrard.

Sherrard contacted Sheriff Merle Edlin for assistance in locating the missing child.

“About this time, a car pulled up and they had the child with them,” Sherrard said. “After talking with the neighbors that had the child, I learned that Jimmy had put the child in their minivan and dropped the child at their house. I charged Jimmy with endangering (the) welfare of a minor for driving the child around while intoxicated.”

Haddock was not charged with DUI as the officer did not witness him driving while intoxicated, according to Deputy Sherrard.