A Floyd County grand jury indicted a mother for allegedly endangering the lives of her four small children by walking across a roadway at night with them while she was intoxicated. 

The grand jury indicted Jessica McLeod, 28, of Auxier, on four felony counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly endangering the lives of her children, who officials said were 3, 4, 5 and 7 years old when McLeod was originally arrested in March 2018. 

McLeod was also indicted on another felony count, third-degree assault of a police officer, as well as several misdemeanor charges: Four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, alcohol intoxication, resisting arrest and first-degree disorderly conduct.

Floyd County Sheriff Deputy Justin Szymchack arrested McLeod after 11 p.m. on March 27, 2018, after being dispatched to Main Street in Martin to investigate the allegations made against her. 

In the citation, Szymchack claims McLeod appeared to be intoxicated and she became “irate and started screaming” as she was calling people to find someone who could take her children. When he asked her to put her phone down and place her hands behind her back, she allegedly cursed at him, according to documents filed in the case. 

“At that time, I tried to place her hands behind her back when she kicked me in the inner thigh then tried to kick me in the (groin),” Szymchack wrote in the arrest citation. 

He reported McLeod tried to “bump” him in the shoulder in an attempt to flee when she was being taken to the police cruiser and he pepper sprayed her. She was transported to ARH Our Lady of the Way in Martin, where she was treated and released before being taken into custody. 

Each of the wanton endangerment charges and the assault charge against McLeod carry potential penalties of between one and five years. The misdemeanor charges alleged by the grand jury carry potential penalties of up to one year. 

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