Mother accused of endangering her children

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A Campbellsville woman has been accused of locking her children inside a van while she was inside her home using drugs.

Tasha M. Miller, 31, of 824 Farms Ridge Road, was arrested at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

According to Miller's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Brandon Wilson was dispatched to a home on Buckner Street home after receiving a report that a baby was crying inside a van parked on the street.

After arriving, Wilson wrote in court records, he saw two small children, who were underdressed, inside the vehicle and one was crying. Wilson wrote that the van was locked and not running at the time. The children were about 5 months and 3 1/2 years old.

A woman approached him, Wilson wrote, and reported that the mother of the children, Miller, was at her home using drugs and wouldn't release the keys to the van.

Records state that the woman told Wilson the children had been in the van for about 20 minutes. At the time, Wilson wrote, it was about 40 degrees outside and a mixture of snow and sleet was falling.

Miller was charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by as much as five years in prison each.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges in Taylor District Court on Friday, March 15. Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000 and she was ordered to not have contact with her children and undergo weekly drug screenings. She was also ordered to not consume any alcohol of drugs and was appointed a public defender.

Miller is scheduled to appear in court again Wednesday.