Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputies spent a portion of Easter Sunday investigating unrelated allegations of child neglect allegedly committed by two Roff women.

Around 11:17 a.m. Sunday deputies were called to a home in the 100 block of south Hickory in Roff, where a 10-year-old child was reported missing. Deputies allege they observed the child’s mother, Jennifer Booth, 36, of Roff, “appeared to be very intoxicated.” Deputies report Booth told them the child had been missing since Friday morning, and that she had not reported the child missing because “(the child) goes off with (friends) and stays days at a time with them (and others).”

Deputies eventually located the child, safe and sound, at a family friend’s home. During their investigation, deputies report learning the child’s disappearance was a frequent occurrence, often documented by Roff Public School officials. The child and three siblings, some of whom were already living with extended family and friends, were placed in the care of family and friends under Department of Human Services supervision.

Booth was arrested for child neglect. She is next scheduled to appear in Pontotoc County District Court at 1:30 p.m. May 7.

In a separate incident, around 4:09 p.m., deputies were called to Walmart in Ada by an anonymous caller who reported small children locked inside a running vehicle in the parking lot. Upon their arrival, deputies report they discovered a locked vehicle with a six-year-old, an 18-month-old and an 8-month-old inside. Deputies report they had a Walmart employee page the owner of the vehicle, Bunny Hardin, 30, of Roff, to have her unlock the car.

Records indicate Hardin told deputies she left the children in the car because the youngest two were asleep and she was only going to be inside the store for 10 minutes.

Hardin was arrested for child neglect and for an outstanding warrant. She is next scheduled to appear in Pontotoc County District Court at 1:30 p.m. May 7.

Contact Carl Lewis at 580-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com.


Carl Lewis is the editor of The Ada News. He's an aspiring photographer, an unabashed fan of Apple products and an avid coffee swiller. Contact Carl at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com.