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Two year-old found in the street; trio charged with child endangerment

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By PETER SAWYER

 Jellico police arrested three people after they found a two-year old child wandering in the middle of S. Main Street near the Florence Ave. traffic signal.

K-9 Officer Joe Hopson went to South Main Street after he received the report of a child walking in the middle of the street. The child was between 200 and 300 yards from his home, Hopson said.

Mark Anthony Stevens, 46, 239 S. Main Street, Jellico, allegedly told Hopson he had fallen asleep after drinking five beers. Mark Stevens, the child’s grandfather, has legal custody of him, Hopson said. 

Hopson also found the child’s mother, Amanda Ellen Stevens, 21, 1039 S. Main Street, Jellico, at the residence. Amanda Stevens allegedly told Hopson she used an intravenous drug, leaving drug paraphernalia in the child’s bedroom, Hopson said.

Amanda Steven’s boyfriend, Danny Ray Hopper, Jr., 28, 1131 Green Lee Rd. Apt. 101, Jacksboro, was also at the home. Hopper also admitted to using intravenous drugs and leaving drug paraphernalia in the child’s room, Hopson said.

There were also several open beer cans in the home, and Hopson had to stop the child from drinking one of them, he said in his report.

Amanda Stevens, Mark Stevens and Hopper were all charged with child endangerment.