Kentucky deputies are praising a "very brave and honest" toddler for pointing to a fugitive’s hiding spot when adults at the scene refused to cooperate, officials said.
Officials from several agencies were searching Friday in Williamsburg for Tina Hicks, 45. Williamsburg is a small city of about 5,300 about 100 miles southeast of Lexington.
Whitley County sheriff’s deputies, Williamsburg police and Kentucky State Police were trying to serve Hicks with “multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest,” the sheriff’s office said.
No adult family members were willing to say whether or not Hicks was in the house, the sheriff's office said.
That’s when the toddler “stood up, put his hands on his hips, and stated ‘It is good to be honest … we shouldn’t lie, she is inside the room next to the bathroom!’” the sheriff's office said.
Deputies found Hicks there, and she was served with two outstanding Whitley County circuit indictment warrants charging her with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, as well as four other outstanding district court warrants.
The sheriff’s office said the child was visiting family and did not live at the home.
“He was healthy, intelligent, and in no way appeared to be abused,” the sheriff's office said. “He was just at the wrong place wrong time. If deputies thought he was a potential victim of repercussions, it would have been dealt with.”