Elizabethton woman convicted of child abuse, neglect

10:00 am | January 15, 2014

Tara Marie Dehart

An Elizabethton woman was sentenced to six days in jail Monday after police officers said they found her intoxicated and combative outside her residence while her baby remained inside, unattended.

On Friday, Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Patrick White arrested Tara Marie Dehart, 29, 1249 Bluefield Ave. Apartment E6, after he and other officers responded to a call of a potential domestic disturbance.

In the incident report, White said he responded to the call shortly before 6 p.m., and, almost immediately, was confronted by Dehart, who he said was “unsteady on her feet, and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person.”

White said Dehart told him she was inside her apartment while she was standing outside. When he told her she was outside, he said Dehart then tried to push past him. It was then, he said, that he arrested her for public intoxication.

After telling her this, White said Dehart became “belligerent,” and resisted placing her hands behind her back. Dehart was eventually placed inside the back of White’s vehicle, through the combined efforts of White and Patrol Officer Jordan Ensor.

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