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Hernando couple arrested on child abuse charges

SPRING HILL — Authorities arrested a Spring Hill couple on child abuse charges Saturday after each reportedly took about eight illegal prescription pills then left their 4-year-old child alone near a boiling pot of water.

Coleen Daly-Farley, 39, and Keith Farley, 29, also were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and falsely reporting a crime, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.

Authorities said a deputy went to the house after receiving reports that the couple were using drugs and not properly supervising their child. The deputy, the report said, found Coleen Daly-Farley in front of her house; she was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and her pupils were constricted.

When the deputy entered the house, the report said, he noticed the couple's 4-year-old daughter sleeping alone in the kitchen about 5 feet from a boiling pot of water on the stove's edge. Authorities said the girl had been left unsupervised for about 20 minutes.

The report said Keith Farley later admitted to taking about eight oxycodone and Xanax pills, and his wife also told the deputy she took about the same number of oxycodone and Ambien pills. The couple, the report said, told the deputy they regularly took that many prescription pills while caring for their child.

The deputy found other medications in the house, but neither of the two had prescriptions for them.

Both were also charged with falsely reporting a crime after authorities said the couple on Friday had told deputies their house had been burglarized and their prescription medication stolen. The report said they later told the deputy the report was a lie.

Hernando couple arrested on child abuse charges 03/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 2:49pm]

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