Knox woman abandons children to evade arrest

Pamela Hatfield
Pamela Hatfield


A Knox County woman is facing charges on endangering the welfare of a minor after fleeing and abandoning her two children in a motel room in order to avoid a confrontation with police.

According to a Laurel Sheriff’s report, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at a motel off I-75 Exit 29 around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

When officers asked the man and woman in the room for identification, they were told both subjects’ identification was outside in their truck. While the man took officers out to the vehicle, the woman apparently broke out through a screened window and fled the scene, leaving her two seven-month-old babies in the room.

The woman, identified as Pamela Hatfield, 23, of Barbourville, was later found hiding in the basement of a Knox County residence belonging to Bradley Combs.

The man in the motel room with Hatfield was identified as Michael Ramey, 35, of Corbin. He was arrested on two bench warrants, one each from Knox and Laurel counties.

Hatfield was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and on three outstanding Laurel County bench warrants.

Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Combs was arrested by Kentucky State Police and charged with hindering apprehension of prosecution. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.