Man charged with endangering the welfare of a minor

Man charged with endangering the welfare of a minor

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County man faces child endangerment charges after deputies say he passed out while caring for a 5-year-old child.

According to the initial incident report, deputies were called to a home in the 1400-block of County Road 361 at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The caller said her 5-year-old son had been on the phone with her for more than an hour, saying he could not wake up Jason Paul Avery, 38.

The woman was calling from Texas and had no other relatives in the area who could check on her son, the report said.

When deputies arrived, they found a Bono police officer speaking with Avery at the door of his residence.

According to Deputy Bobby Swan, Avery smelled of intoxicants. Swan added that Avery's eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred.

When asked if he had anything to drink, Avery told investigators he had drunk "several beers."

Avery refused to give a breath sample, the report stated.

As deputies were arresting him, he resisted and had to be "wrestled to the ground and handcuffed by force," the report said.

A Department of Children and Family Services worker was called to the scene and took the child into protective custody.

Avery was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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