Local woman arrested for neglecting child

From Staff Reports

   Police arrested a Watauga woman on Tuesday for child neglect after her neighbor reported finding on her own front porch the woman's four-year-old son wearing only underwear and a jacket and carrying a fishing pole.
   Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dean Jones arrested Sherry Doss, 37, 1472 Piney Flats Rd., and charged her with reckless endangerment.
   According to police, the neighbor, Nicole Mullins, 1452 Piney Flats Rd., who lives two houses away from Doss, heard something outside her front door. When she looked, the boy was standing on her front porch, and she brought him inside and put pants and socks on him. "Approximately one hour later, she found the child lived two houses up the road from her," Jones said.
   Jones went to Doss's home to question her, and she said her other 17-month-old child was sick and she was giving her a bath when the boy wandered away from their house. "Mrs. Doss stated she saw the male child leave and yelled at him and he heard her," Jones said.
   When Jones told Doss the child had been gone for over an hour, she said, "It didn't seem that long." Doss said while the boy was gone she went to the house next door and spoke with an older man and yelled for the boy, but had to go back to the 17-month-old child.
   When Jones contacted the Department of Children's Services, officials there told him that a case against Doss had been opened in Sullivan County for a similar incident.
   Doss is being held in the Carter County Jail on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 8.