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'We shouldn’t lie': Toddler helps police find drug suspect after adults refuse to cooperate

Screenshot of Whitley County Sheriff's Department statement

Police in Kentucky are hailing the honesty of a young toddler who helped them find a drug suspect, even after several adults refused to cooperate in the investigation.

On Friday, police arrived at a residence in Williamsburg, a city of about 5,300 people in the southern part of Kentucky, about an hour north of Knoxville, Tennessee. Police were looking for 45-year-old Tina Hicks, a Williamsburg resident who was wanted on two outstanding drug indictments as well as four other outstanding warrants.

However, the adults at the residence were decidedly uncooperative, refusing to tell police whether Hicks was there or not. Despite their silence, a young boy, described in the police report as "a brave and honest toddler," stood up, put his hands on his hips, and confirmed Hicks' whereabouts.

"[I]t is good to be honest … we shouldn’t lie," the kid said, according to the report, "she is inside the room next to the bathroom!"

When police ventured to the room identified by the boy, they found Hicks hiding. They immediately arrested her and booked her into the Whitley County Detention Center.

According to jail records, Hicks has been charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); two counts of buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; two counts of failure to appear; one count of contempt of court for libel/slander resistance to order; and one count of non-payment of court costs, fees or fines. Some of those charges date back more than a year. It is unclear when she is expected to appear in court.

Police do not believe the toddler lives at the residence where Hicks was located. Instead, they believe he was there visiting family and was just "at the wrong place (at the) wrong time." They also claimed that the child did not appear to be in any danger.

"He was healthy, intelligent, and in no way appeared to be abused," the statement from the Whitley County Sheriff's Department continued. "If deputies thought he was a potential victim of repercussions, it would have been dealt with."

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