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Couple left toddler in padlocked home, authorities say

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A Wise County couple was arrested after allegedly leaving their 18-month-old child padlocked inside a mobile home for several hours.

Thomas Harris and Tiffany Barnes told sheriff's investigators they left the toddler alone so they could take their 5-year-old to the doctor. They said he was sleeping and they did not want to wake him.

But, investigators determined the child was alone for at least eight hours. He was also locked inside a room with a running space heater.

Child Protective Services took custody of the toddler, as well as temporary custody of the couple's older child.

Harris and Barnes are facing child endangerment charges.

They were booked into the Wise County jail with bonds set at $10,000 each.


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