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 Central City Man Abandons Child in Pile of Debris and Flees from Deputies, Resulting in Drug Arrest


MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/27/2014) – The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office has reported an incident that took place on Wednesday, October 2, 2014, involving a drug arrest in the Central City area.

Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Alex Piper reported that Deputy B. W. DeArmond and Deputy Piper arrived at 1669 Fairview Road to serve a Probation Violation Warrant on 25-year-old Michael Baxter. As Deputies entered the scene, they spotted Baxter in the driveway holding a small child. As Deputies exited vehicles to approach Baxter, he began to walk away, ignoring Deputies orders to stop. Baxter placed the child in a pile of debris behind an abandoned mobile home.

Officials stated that the pile of debris contained rotten wood, metal, and pieces of glass.

After a brief foot pursuit, Deputy Piper apprehended Baxter in a nearby wooded area. After a search of Baxter, Deputy Piper found five small plastic bags containing Methamphetamine (totaling 15 grams) and another small bag containing Oxycodone pills, along with cash.

Michael Baxter’s brother, 21-year-old Patrick Baxter, was found in the area as well, and was found to have outstanding warrants also. Patrick Baxter also attempted to escape but was apprehended by Deputy DeArmond, after finding him hidden in a mobile home. Meth and drug paraphernalia were found in Patrick Baxter’s possession as well.

Deputy Piper arrested and charged Michael Baxter, along with the probation warrant, for Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (2nd Offense, Drug Unspecified), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Degree, and Possession of Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.

Deputy DeArmond arrested and charged Patrick Baxter with Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

Both suspects were lodged in the Muhlenberg County Detention Center.

DeArmond and Piper were assisted on the scene by Sgt. Terry Vick, Deputy Pat Putnam, K9 Officer Will Ward, Constable Jim Johnson, KSP Trooper Jeff McWhorter, and Mclean county Deputy Tim McCoy.

Information provided by Alex Piper (Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Office)
Posted by J.L. Graham
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