Parents of boy missing for 12 hours face additional abuse charges

Aug 2 – TUPELO – The parents of a young boy who wandered off from his home near Verona for 12 hours last month have been charged with additional child abuse charges after the boy was tested positive for illegal drugs.

Robert Holcomb Jr., 5, and two dogs strayed from his County Road 711 home on July 14 and were found about 12 hours later, about three miles away after an exhaustive search by local, state and federal, as well as volunteers.

Because the boy had been left unattended, the parents – Amber Elizabeth Lindsey, 33, and Robert Thomas Holcomb Sr., 39 – were charged with child neglect. During the arrest process, officers found over 4 grams of methamphetamine on Lindsey, which resulted in further drug trafficking charges.

As part of a routine test in cases like this, a sample of the boy’s blood was taken by medical officials. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said the test was positive for methamphetamine. Lindsey and Holcomb were charged on Tuesday with drug endangerment child abuse.

They are still awaiting a first appearance and bail on the new charges. They have remained incarcerated in Lee County Jail since July 15 on $55,000 bonds for the original charges.

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