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Sequatchie Mother Accused of Abandoning Children Turns Herself In

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The boys were living in this mobile home off Old State Highway 8 in Sequatchie County with their handicapped uncle. The boys were living in this mobile home off Old State Highway 8 in Sequatchie County with their handicapped uncle.
Wednesday, March 25

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY (WRCB) - The sequatchie county mother accused of abanonding her children turned herself into authorities Wednesday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office says Nichole Manery took off with her boyfriend, Christopher Pugh, and left her boys with a mentally challenged adult for three days.

Deputies went to the home monday when the 9-year-old boy set a brush fire. They say the boys had eaten one bologna sandwich in three days. One deputy left the scene to buy them food.

Manery faces child abuse and neglect charges, and Pugh faces drug charges.

Tuesday, March 24

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY (WRCB) - Sequatchie County Sheriff's deputies say they've rescued two young boys who's mother abandoned them leaving no food or money behind.  They boys told deputies they had eaten nothing but a bologna sandwich in the last three days.

It was a fire that called rescuers to the mobile home off Old State Highway 8 in Sequatchie County.  Investigators say the 9-year-old boy living there set the blaze, and that it was likely a cry for help.  He and his 11-year-old brother told deputies they had been alone for the past few days and that their mother, 31-year-old Nichole Marney, had run off with her boyfriend, Christopher Pugh.

"She'll have to answer to that for sure," said neighbor William Keener.

"In my opinion, people like that don't deserve children," said Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock. "They need to be placed somewhere else."

The boys are in protective custody.  Investigators say they were also trying to take care of a handicapped uncle.  The uncle is now in the hospital, and investigators say he can't take of himself, much less the two brothers. 

Marney and Pugh will both face drug charges.  The child abuse charge is on the mother's shoulders.  Investigators are trying to track them down and think they could be in a 1976 Chevy truck.  They are thought to be in Soddy Daisy area.  If you see them, call Crime Stoppers at 698-3333.

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