Toddler Found Wandering on Dunbar Street: Uncle Arrested

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A toddler is back home and safe after he was spotted sitting alone at an intersection in Dunbar.

Now his uncle, who was supposed to be watching him, is facing charges.

Josh Kuhn, 26 of Dunbar, was arrested Wednesday night.

Page Mccracken and Malikai Bethea, both 12, found two-year-old Wyatt Kuhn at the intersection of 16th Street and Payne Avenue Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. They knocked on several doors and neighbors called the police and notified the boy's father.

"I was off the clock and on the way here in 30 seconds," said Christopher Kuhn, Wyatt's father. "I was very distraught."

Officers were able to take the boy to the apartment where he lived.

When they knocked on the door Joshua Kuhn and his girlfriend came to the door then ran back inside. Police say it appeared they were hiding something.

Joshua Kuhn told officers he lived at the apartment and instead of paying rent he would help with babysitting his nephew. Joshua told police that he left the boy unattended for about 15 minutes.

Christopher Kuhn says he has been working very long hours filling in shifts and his girlfriend is in management training so they have had to rely on their brother.

"He's watched him before and he's always been a lot better than this so I don't know what happened," said Christopher Kuhn.

When Christopher Kuhn got home he gave police the go-ahead to search the apartment based on the smell of the pot.

Officers found a quarter pound of marijuana, paraphernalia, scales and baggies along with several pills, all belonging to Joshua Kuhn.

Joshua Kuhn is facing a charge of child neglect and several drug charges.

He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

The little boy was returned to his father.

"I'm just trying really hard to be a good dad and some days are harder than others but I'm not going to quit trying," said Christopher Kuhn.

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