911 hangup call leads to woman’s arrest on child neglect charges

Published 5:48 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Carter County woman faces child neglect charges after law enforcement officers responded to her home to investigate a 911 hangup call.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandy Kay Nave, 29, of 340 Sneed Hill Road, Elizabethton, on Tuesday and charged her with two counts of child neglect/endangerment. According to court documents, deputies responded to the home on Sneed Hill Road after 911 dispatchers reported they had received a 911 hangup call from that residence.

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“While en route, 911 advised that it appeared there was trouble at the residence due to the female being uncooperative,” CCSO Sgt. David Caldwell said. “Upon our arrival, we made contact with Brandy K. Nave, who appeared to be extremely lethargic and was crying.”

Caldwell said Nave invited the officers inside the home and began walking toward the living room.

“Ms. Nave was very unsteady on her feet, having to hold onto things as she walked through the house,” Caldwell said. “She was sweating heavily, and her speech was very hard to understand.”

Caldwell noted Nave was wearing mismatched shoes and the shoes were on the wrong feet. Her shirt was also on backward, Caldwell said.

Deputies found two small children inside the home which were too young to be left by themselves. “One of which was less than one year old and was in his crib, crying and unattended,” Caldwell said.

Due to the condition of the scene and Nave’s demeanor and appearance, deputies charged her with two counts of child neglect/endangerment. Caldwell said officers notified Child Protective Services, who responded to the home and took custody of the children for safe keeping.

After Nave arrived at the Carter County Detention Center, Caldwell said officers discovered multiple marks on her arms that are indicative of using drugs intravenously. “Ms. Nave was asked what drugs she uses by Jail Sgt. (Samantha) Beckett and Nave said Suboxone, Klonopin, and Valium, but could not say how much she had used due to her level of intoxication,” Caldwell said.

Nave appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Wednesday morning. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set her bond at $2,500 and scheduled her to return to court on Jan. 16, 2018.