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Timothy C. Cote

When a juvenile awoke from a nap and discovered no one else was home, the boy became alarmed and called for help. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of the child’s father on drug charges.

On Tuesday, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an address on Cody Trent Road regarding a “911” call. A juvenile had called the dispatch center and reported that he was home alone, scared and unsure of his father’s location, according to a news release from Metcalfe County Sheriff Lonnie Hodges’ office.

Deputies Jarrod Steele and Mike Burton responded to the address and found the juvenile. They also observed several items of drug paraphernalia throughout the residence, the news release stated.

While deputies were investigating the complaint, Timothy C. Cote returned to the residence in his vehicle. Cote displayed several indicators that he was under the influence of methamphetamine, according to the release. A search of his vehicle incident to arrest resulted in locating a small amount of methamphetamine.

The Kentucky Division of Protection and Permanency was notified, and the juvenile was removed from the residence. Cote was placed under arrest and transported to the Barren County Detention Center on the following charges: abandonment of a minor; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, first offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cote was released on his own recognizance on Wednesday, according to the jail website.

This incident remains under investigation by Deputy Steele, who was assisted at the scene by Burton and the Kentucky Division of Protection and Permanency.

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