Parents charged for leaving toddlers, 1 and 2, home alone

Published 8:27 am Thursday, March 7, 2019

From staff reports

Two Nicholasville residents are charged for child abuse after police found two children alone and crying in an apartment.
Quamaine M. Garth, 22, of 3500 Beaver Place Road Apt. 214 in Lexington, and Rachel Lush, 21, of 109 Wichita Drive in Nicholasville, were arrested Feb. 27 and charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12-years-old, according to a citation released by the NPD.
Officers responded to 109 Wichita Drive in reference to children crying in an apartment. When police were able to make entry into the residence, they found a 1-year-old and 2-year-old home alone.
During this time, the father of the children, identified as Garth, showed up at the residence and allegedly told officers he had taken the children’s mother, Lush, to work and didn’t wake the children because they were sleeping at the time.
Garth also told police he thought someone was on their way to watch the children.
Lush told officers no arrangements had been made for childcare, and Garth was supposed to be back shortly.
While searching the apartment, officers found water in a bathtub upstairs, cleaning supplies scattered throughout the residence, food all over the floor, and according to the citation, the residence smelled strongly of marijuana.
Garth and Lush were arrested and transported to the Jessamine County Detention Center.
The children were turned over to family members by Child Protection Services.