A Floyd Chronicle 

and Times Staff Report 

A Floyd County babysitter pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor count of wanton endangerment of a child. 

Bethany Burton, 39, of Garrett, was arrested last week on one count of second-degree wanton endangerment, after Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Kevin Shepherd investigated allegations about a two-year-old child wandering alone on the road.

Shepherd reported in the citation that two bystanders found the child on Stone Coal Road in Garrett and had attempted to knock on the door of the child’s residence for 20 minutes, but got no answer.

“Ms. Burton told me she was the caregiver while the child’s mother was at work,” Shepherd wrote. 

“She told me she had a migraine and was asleep.” 

District Judge Eric Hall sentenced Burton to serve 90 days, under the condition the sentence be probated for one year if she has no further violations of the law. 

He also ordered her to play court costs and, among other things, to follow all orders of family court.

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