Update (6/23/16, 3:00 PM) Other parent turns herself in.
Shortly after noon on Thursday, Kayundra Charon Battle Peels turned herself in to authorities at the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office. PEELS will be booked on one felony charge of child abandonment and two charges of child desertion of a child under the age of 18-years-old.She will be held without bond until her initial appearance before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.
Parent turns himself in
Quincy Montanna Peels turned himself in to Pearl Police late Wednesday afternoon on one count of felony child endangerment and two counts of felony desertion of a child under 18-years-old.
He was held at the Pearl Police Department until deputies arrived to transport him to the Rankin County jail. He will be held in the county jail without bond until his initial appearance before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.
It is encouraging that PEELS did the right thing by turning himself in. We are confident we will have Keyundra Charon Battle Peels in short order.
Ward 3 Residents Abandon Children on Hwy 80 in Rankin County
On June 21, 2016 deputies were called to the area of Hwy 80 at the Rankin / Hinds county line for three children that had been abandoned by their parents. The children were 3-years-old, 7-years-old and 10-years old.
One of the males was an adult and began walking across the bridge back into Hinds County. The three children were left wandering along the roadside for over an hour before law enforcement was dispatched to the area.
The juveniles were not initially able to provide law enforcement with contact information of the parents. Mississippi Department of Human Services was contact to respond to the scene to take custody of the children.
DHS placed the children with the paternal grandparents. Although they were left without water and shelter, the children did not require medical attention.
A warrant for felony child abandonment has been issued for both parents in regards to the 3-year-old. Upon conviction, that charge carries a maximum of seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Additional felony warrants were issued for both parents in regards to the other two children for desertion of a child under 18-years-old. That charge carries up to 5 years each. If convicted on all counts, the duo could be facing up to 17-years in custody of MDOC.