The grandmother of a Kentucky toddler who admitted to smoking meth when the little girl disappeared her home in early June will not face any charges, a judge confirmed on Thursday morning.
WDRB reports that authorities charged Beth Campbell, grandmother of 3-year-old Charlee Campbell, with endangering the welfare of a child after she admitted to using drugs when Charlee vanished from her grandparents’ home in Lebanon Junction on June 14. Charlee was found around 32 hours later after she wandered up to a neighbor’s home. Authorities said she was dehydrated and had insect bites and scratches on her skin.
Campbell’s lawyer successfully argued that the Bullitt County Sheriff’s department had no legal recourse to charge the grandmother, as they didn’t see her participating in drug use. Wave 3 reports that Campbell was not in attendance for the court hearing. She’s reportedly in a drug rehabilitation center in Florida.
Meanwhile, a forensic examination on Charlee indicated that the results were “inconclusive” for abuse.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office stated that Charlee was sleeping in her bed at 5:30 a.m. when her grandfather left for work. Four hours later, the little girl’s grandmother spotted the toddler’s bedroom door open and noticed she was missing. The home is located off of 600 block of Winding Hollow Road..
Charlee is currently in state care. The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Charlee Campbell/Handout]