Man accused of abandoning toddler formally charged

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A Texarkana man accused of leaving behind a 16-month-old baby when he ran from police during a traffic stop last month has been formally charged by Miller County prosecutors.

Kenneth Wayne Brooks, 24, was arrested following a short foot chase at about 1 a.m. Oct. 12., according to Texarkana, Ark., police. Brooks was stopped as he left the Knights Inn Motel in the 5100 block of State Line Avenue in Texarkana, Ark., because officers observed the car he was driving had ficticious and expired tags. Police also observed a small child standing in the back seat of the vehicle.

When Brooks got out of the car, he was holding the child. As he was talking with officers, he put the child down and fled into a nearby apartment complex. He was quickly apprehended and placed under arrest by two officers while a third remained with the baby.

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Brooks was allegedly in possession of less than two grams of amphetamine. He has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and with possession of a controlled substance, amphetamine, under two grams. Both offenses are punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison.

Brooks was sentenced to four years in prison plus two years suspended imposition of sentence in August 2016 for several counts of breaking and entering in Miller County. According to court records, Brooks stole money from his employer while working at hotel. Brooks was on parole at the time of his most recent arrest. He is currently being held in the Miller County jail. Bail is set at $30,000.

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