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Toddler tragedy: Woman arrested for accused toddler's murderer

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By Joseph P. King II

WHITMAN HOLLOW—A woman was arrested Monday for allegedly lying to officers about the whereabouts of Joshua Adam Comer, who evaded authorities for one day on a felony charge for first-degree murder regarding the death of a 3-year-old girl in early June.

Upon receiving information that Comer was hiding from law enforcement at a residence in the Whitman Hollow area following the June 24 warrant issued for his arrest, Campbell County officers made contact with Amy Renee Debord, 37, at her home, records show.

Officers reportedly questioned Debord about Comer’s location, and were told she had not seen him for two days, according to the report. Debord is documented as giving officers consent to search the residence for Comer, which didn’t yield any results, the report shows.

After searching for several minutes, Debord then allegedly confessed to officers that Comer had escaped through the back door when officers arrived, according to the arrest report.

Following Comer’s flight from the residence, local law enforcement engaged in a daylong manhunt before apprehending Comer.

Debord was arrested Monday. Her arrest was delayed because officers were not aware of her location, but had obtained information this week, according to Chief Deputy Aaron Evans. Details regarding the arrest location were not made immediately available. It is unclear what Debord’s relationship to Comer is.

“She has been [hiding] and was avoiding arrest and prosecution,” Evans said.

Debord is charged with filing a false report. She has been ordered to appear in Campbell County General Sessions Court to face the charge, but a date has not been set as of Tuesday. She is being held in Campbell County Jail without bond, according to Tuesday Intake Press Release provided by the CCSO.