Man Arrested After Fleeing from Police and Leaving Small Child Behind

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Early Thursday Morning, October 12th, 2017, at approximately 1:00 a.m. Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers located a vehicle leaving the Knights Inn Motel, 5100 block of North State Line Avenue, with fictitious and expired vehicle tags. Officers made contact with the driver, 24-year-old Kenneth Brooks, and observed a 16-month old child standing up in the back seat of the vehicle.

According to police, during the contact Brooks exited the vehicle holding his child, then sat his child down on the pavement and fled from officers. Officer Tanner Freeman and Nathan Lavender chased Brooks on foot apprehending him in a nearby apartment complex. Officer Cobin Brown remained at the scene with the abandoned child.

Brooks was arrested for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance (Amphetamine and Clonazepam), fleeing, and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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According to Texarkana, Ark Police, the child was placed into DHS custody after exhausting all efforts to locate a relative.

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