Police: Mother abandoned 2 kids at school, home in 'deplorable condition'

Police said Amanda Reynolds' house was in "deplorable living conditions" with no running water.
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EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. (WYMT) - A Laurel County mother is behind bars after school officials said she abandoned her two children.

Wednesday, Kentucky State Police got a call from the principal of Hazel Green Elementary. The principal said there were two children still at the school because no one picked them up off the bus.

Troopers went to the children's home on Highway 1376 E. to try to find their mother, Amanda Reynolds. When they arrived, Reynolds' boyfriend, Freddy Scalf, answered the door. He said she went to get a ride to pick up the kids because she did not have a car.

Police then arrested Scalf on a previous warrant. Two hours later, the school called back and said the children were still waiting for someone to pick them up.

Troopers returned to Reynolds' house and found both her and a four-year-old child inside. Police said the house was in "deplorable living conditions" with no running water.

Reynolds told the troopers she was hiding in the house earlier because she also had a previous warrant. By that point it was 8:00 p.m. and she still had not tried to pick up her other children.

Police arrested her for actively abandoning her kids and for endangering their welfare because of the living conditions and alleged drug use.

Reynolds was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

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