UPDATE: Tazewell Co. woman arrested after 14-year-old autistic son was abandoned for 5 days


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TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE – A woman was arrested in Tazewell County following a post from the sheriff’s office asking for help in finding her.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said in a second post that Tami Faith Compton called authorities and made arrangements to turn herself in.

Compton was taken to a local facility and booked on felony abuse and neglect of a child with reckless disregard.

Authorities had originally sought Compton after her 14-year-old son, who is autistic, was found after being abandoned in a home for five days.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in finding a woman who is considered a person of special interest in an investigation.

The sheriff’s office posted to their Facebook page, saying that Tami Faith Compton, 41, is currently facing child abuse and neglect charges after her 14-year-old autistic son was found abandoned.

Compton’s son was apparently abandoned for five days at a home in the Thompson Valley area without supervision and a “minimal amount of food.”

The post also says investigators found the home was contaminated with a large amount of dog feces.

Compton is also known as Tami Faith Sanchez.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 276-988-0645. All calls and tips will be confidential and left anonymous.

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