Couple fined in child abuse case
A Thomasville couple charged with child abuse in December after a 4-year-old girl they were watching was found unattended on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive received a fine after appearing in court.
On Feb. 27, Donald and Robyn Perras, both of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, were fined $525 and $400, respectively, as a result of misdemeanor child abuse charges filed against them on Dec. 14.
Thomasville Police Department received reports from several citizens on Dec. 14 of a child walking alone on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Pineywood Road at approximately 1:43 p.m. Following an investigation, Detective Jamie Foley said the couple was charged with child abuse for creating and allowing a substantial risk of physical injury to the child they were babysitting for a friend.
According to a press release, the child's mother dropped the girl off with the Perras early in the morning. Foley said Robyn Perras left the girl with her husband, who was on strong medication. When Donald Perras fell asleep, the girl got dressed and left the apartment. The 4-year-old, who lives in High Point, said she was walking home and had been gone for less than an hour.
"Interstate 85 is right there and she knew that took her home," Foley said. "She had shoes, clothes and a jacket on. She could've been hit by a car, she could've been picked up or taken by anybody, and that's the risk that goes with that charge."
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