The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department says an Owensboro couple is under arrest after a welfare check determined they had a newborn baby that was never checked out medically. Police say 38 year old Alicia Payne of Owensboro, was keeping a newborn inside her Lamplite Circle home and would not take the baby to a hospital to be medically checked. Deputies were also told drug activity was taking place at the residence.
Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies found Payne and 37 year old Jason Harrington hiding inside a room with the newborn. According to the press release, Payne and Harrington continued to give false names and dates of birth with drug related materials in plain sight of the deputies.
With a search warrant, deputies located a large volume of drugs along with other drug related material, all of which was near the newborn. Deputies determined the child had been born inside the home the day prior to their search.
Harrington and Payne were taken to the Daviess County Jail, while the newborn is now in the care of Social Services.