By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
The grandmother of a four-year-old boy who was left at a Corbin restaurant Thursday has been cited by police with endangering the welfare of a minor.
Joanne Knuckles Lowe, 62 of Chestnut Road, Corbin was given the citation Thursday night after being questioned by police about the situation. She’s due to appear in Whitley District Court in Corbin on March 5 at 9 a.m.
Lowe, who was described by police as the legal mother of the boy, has legal custody of the child.
According to Maj. Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department, Lowe had left her grandson at McDonald’s on the Cumberland Falls Highway (U. S. 25W) Thursday afternoon. She, her grandson and a group of family members went to the restaurant and left around 3:55 p.m. Police say Lowe had thought her grandson had gotten into a vehicle with the rest of the family.
At 4 p.m. employees at the restaurant called Corbin police, saying they found the boy wandering around the property and the parking lot, with his jacket off. Officer Kenneth Proffitt went to pick up the boy at the restaurant, who was safe, and took him to police headquarters.
Police notified the public about the boy’s disappearance, and to help them find his parents on the City of Corbin’s Facebook social media page, as well as on television stations in Lexington. The search for the parents went on for three hours, before police were able to locate Lowe.
State Social Services and the Whitley District Judge who was on call were notified Thursday night about the situation, with the judge awarding custody of the child to Social Services, pending an investigation.
According to WKYT-TV in Lexington, the child was in custody of other family members Friday afternoon, with Social Services checking in on a regular basis.