Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Around 3 a.m. November 3, 2017, a 9-year-old called 911 when left alone in a Johnny Holler Road residence. According to the child, the mother had been absent for over a day, and the father had left with another child.

Deputy Brian Hensley responded to the residence and worked with social services to arrange for the 9-year-old’s safe keeping.

While Dep. Hensley was conducting his investigation, Kentucky State Police troopers located the mother in a Laurel County motel. State police arrested a male at that location on outstanding warrants. The mother was not arrested at that time.

The mother returned home, and state police responded to a disturbance complaint at the residence. Rhonda Flood, 27, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing.

The next day, Nov. 4, the sheriff’s department responded to a domestic complaint on Johnny Holler Road. Dep. E.J. Miller conducted a traffic stop in the area for a seatbelt violation. The driver, Courtney G. Flood, 35, was identified as the father who abandoned the 9-year-old. In addition to failure to wear seatbelts, he was driving on a suspended/revoked license. A search of the vehicle resulted in the finding of a digital weighing scale and what’s believe to be crystal “ice” methamphetamine.

Courtney Food was arrested by Dep. Brandon Prewitt and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seatbelt and driving on a suspended/revoked license. Both Courtney and Rhonda Flood were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s department is continuing the investigation, and additional charges may be added.