Sex offender charged with felony child abuse

Kenneth D. Bass

On Friday, about 7:30 a.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call to CR 1057 in regards to a welfare concern of children being in the road.

“When the deputies got there they found two small children standing in the roadway. There was also a vehicle stuck in a nearby yard,” said Lee County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Rachel Chambers. “There was a female inside the vehicle and she was passed out. There were two other small children inside the vehicle, one was 18-months and the other was two-years-old.”

All four children belonged to the female, Crystal Cooksey, who lived at 848 Hwy. 30 East and is 29-years-old.

“The female finally came to after deputies got her awake. She said she had been stranded there all night with the kids, and at some point passed out. She did say she had done crystal meth,” Chambers said.

Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine. It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy.

Cooksey had been riding with Kenneth Dewayne Bass, 233 CR 1057, who is 31-years old.

“He is the boyfriend. He was with her when the van got stuck in the yard. They had been together two weeks, just riding around. When they got stuck, he took off walking because he just lived up the road,” Chambers said. “When officers removed the mother and the kids from the van, they noticed the 18-month-year old had bruises and swelling on his face.”

Bass is a registered sex offender, who was charged and convicted in Lee County for “touching a child for lustful purposes.”

As is customary, the Department of Human Services (DHS) was called to the location.

“DHS came but a relative did come and take custody of the children, none were transported by ambulance but the grandfather took them immediately to a hospital to be checked out,” Chambers said.

No further injuries were reported.

Cooksey remains in the Lee County Jail charged with public intoxication and contributing to the neglect of a child (x4). Bass is in the Lee County Jail charged with felony child abuse.

As of Wednesday no bond had not been set.

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