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Mother accused of risking children's lives, again

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Jennifer Nunnally (Source: LMDC) Jennifer Nunnally (Source: LMDC)
Charlie Osborne Charlie Osborne
Family & Children's Place Director John Taylor Family & Children's Place Director John Taylor

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman was arrested Sunday for driving the wrong way on a one-way street while intoxicated with her two small children unrestrained in the car, and it's not the first time she's been accused of putting her children at risk. Just last June, she was arrested for allegedly abandoning her children for days.

Louisville resident Charlie Osborne lives down the street from Nunnally's former home. "That's senseless to me," he said after learning of her arrest. "It makes no sense at all." 

According to a police report, Jennifer Nunnally, 29, was seen driving the wrong way on River Park Drive between 37th Street and Amy Avenue just before 11 p.m. on Easter Sunday. 

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"I'm just enraged by that," Osborne said.

In June 2013 Nunnelly faced charges for abandoning four of her children, ages 2 through 9, for days at her former home. She was being monitored by a court order once every Tuesday.

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"Why weren't the children removed from the home at that time?" Osborne asked.

That answer is not so simple. 

"It's pretty common that children, that the goal is for children to return home," Family & Children's Place Director John Taylor said of why children are not always removed from homes. 

Taylor said that's the best case scenario based on results, so long as it's a safe environment for the kids and the parents get on track.

"If you're removed from your caregiver, your primary caregiver, it's a traumatic event," Taylor said. "That certainly has an effect on that child not only at that time, but later on in life." 

We contacted Child Protective Services, but they said they could not comment about anything related to a specific case.

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