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Drug Arrest in Providence Leads to 'Gruesome Discovery': Police

Felicia Terrell was arrested at a home in Webster County on Friday: Providence Police Department

A Providence, Kentucky woman is facing several charges after police say they made a 'gruesome discovery' Friday.

Posted: May 17, 2021 1:21 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 4:42 PM

A Webster County woman is facing multiple charges after police say a "dirty and completely naked" 4-year-old boy was found inside a home on Bellville Road in Providence, Kentucky.

The Providence Police Department (PPD) says the incident started when multiple agencies went to a home on Bellville Road in Providence, Kentucky, to execute an arrest warrant on 27-year-old Felicia Terrell, who was wanted for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree.

Police visited the home on Bellville Road Friday to serve the warrant for Terrell's arrest

While talking to Terrell inside the home, officers say they noticed a "dirty and completely naked 4-year-old boy" inside the house.

According to police, a consensual search of the home revealed additional drugs and guns.

As officers continued to search the home, they say they found what appeared to be a barn-type/horse stable door leading to a small bedroom. They say a latch was on the outside of the door as if it was designed to keep someone locked inside.

When they opened the door, police say they observed what appeared to be small handprints in feces on the inside of the door and on the walls.

Police say the floor was also covered in feces, urine, and scattered cereal. In addition, officers said they saw a bowl of water and that the window was boarded up. 

According to police, a twin-size bed with fecal matter on it was also seen in the room. They say Terrel said that there were no lights or electricity in the room.

PPD tells 44News that evidence suggests that the child had been kept in the room.

Social Services was immediately notified of the situation and the child was placed with a suitable family until SS conducts its own investigation Monday.

Terrell was arrested and charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense, and Criminal Abuse 1st Degree. She's being held in the Webster County Jail.

The police department says additional charges and arrests in connection to the incident are possible. 

The case remains under investigation by PPD Chief Todd Jones.

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