UPDATE: Parents abandon children in Rankin County


Quincy Montanna Peels turned himself in to Pearl Police late Wednesday afternoon.

Quincy Peels will be charged with one count of felony child endangerment and two counts of felony desertion of a child under 18-years-old.

Peels was held at the Pearl Police Department until deputies arrived to transport him to the Rankin County Jail.

He will be held in the jail, without bond, until his initial appearance.

His wife, Keyundra Charon Battle Peels, is still not in custody at this time.

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A couple is wanted by authorities after abandoning their children in the road.

Keyundra Charon Battle Peels, 28, and Quincy Montanna, 31, are charged with child abandonment and desertion according to Sheriff Bryan Bailey with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office.

Rankin County Deputies were called to Hwy 80 at the Rankin / Hinds county line for three children that were abandoned.

The children are 3-years-old, 7-years-old and 10-years old.

People who observed the abandonment told police two males and two females left the vehicle.

The three children were seen wandering in the area roadside for about an hour before law enforcement arrived on scene.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has since placed the children with the paternal grandparents.

Contact was made with the parents; they were told to return the scene.

The parents did not show after authorities waited on the scene for two hours.

The children did not require medical attention.

An abandonment charge carries a maximum of seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).  The desertion charge carries up to five years.

The parents could face up to 17 years if convicted on all counts.


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