JACKSBORO (WATE) – A woman in Jacksboro was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after her baby was found in the woods.
Virginia Cora-Lee Seal, 25, admitted to Campbell County deputies she was high on methamphetamine. She said she took her child into the woods and gave him to a man in a blue fireman’s jacket with her dad’s voice.
The baby was found Friday morning near 304 Sawmill Circle in Jacksboro. Deputies said child appeared to be around 2 years old and had fresh cuts and bruises.
Kristen Dutton contacted law enforcement after she found the child with a pink blanket. She said her co-worker Jessica Miller had spotted the child near one of the Wagging Tails Pet Resort dog lots where they both worked. Eric Collin, who lives nearby, also told deputies he woke up to the child crying at around 8:30 a.m. Friday.
The child was taken to receive medical treatment by the Department of Child Services. During that time, deputies received a call from dispatch that a city employee said the child was possibly his grandchild.
At 335 Ridenour Lane, deputies were flagged down by Seal who said she was high when she took her child into the woods, but said she was not high at the time she flagged them down. She said she hoped the fireman she gave her baby to was her dad.
Deputies transported Seal to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office for booking. While they were telling her of her charges she said she was high on methamphetamine.