Donna Kenneda, 52, of Big Split Hollow, pleaded guilty to domestic assault before Mingo County Magistrate Eugene Crum on Thursday morning.and received six months in jail.
Kenneda was arrested on Aug. 4, 2009 after her three young grandchildren were found alone at their residence by Trooper B.R. Moore, who was attempting to locate a fugitive from Justice.
In the criminal complaint Moore stated that the residence door was open and as he approached the residence three little girls, ages 6, 3, and 2, came to the front door. The children told the officer they were alone in the residence.
After a few moments Kenneda walked from her residence, located 200 yards from the children’s home. Kenneda told the officer she was the grandmother of the children and was supposed to be watching them.
The complaint explained that the grandmother showed signs of being intoxicated and she admitted to being on a prescription of hydrocodone. Kenneda also failed a field sobriety test performed by the officer, the report said. Moore then did a search of the grandmother’s residence which was found in complete disarray with knives and other dangerous items easily accessible to children.
Kenneda was arraigned by Magistrate Pam Newsome where her bond was set at $300,000.
Kenneda remains in Southwestern Regional Jail.