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Man, woman charged in case against three children

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man and his girlfriend are in the Bullitt County Detention Center following alleged abuse of two youngsters.

Steven William Morris, 43, and Kelly M. Porter, 28, were charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. Morris was also charged with assault.

According to Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, the investigation continues and more charges could be possible.

On Monday evening, McGaha said a call came into Central Dispatch about two children walking along West Blue Lick Road and Chillicoop Road.

Once the woman's children were picked up and interviewed, the 6-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother talked about Morris allegedly beating them with a belt.

When Morris passed out asleep downstairs and Porter went to sleep upstairs, the youngsters collected items like birth certificates, a hammer, light bulb, pillow and blankets and left the home.

McGaha said they apparently took items they might need to protect themselves as they were walking to a grandparent's home.

When police went to the home, they found a 3-year-old who had apparently been allowed to run the home.

The children were released by the state child protective services case worker to a grandmother.

Morris and Porter were taken into custody. Morris has a $50,000 bond and Porter has a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff's deputies Floyd Cook and John Fowler were assisted by the Bullitt County Drug Task Force and the Shepherdsville Police Department.