Law enforcement officials found drug paraphernalia in a home, eventually leading to the arrest of three Carroll County residents during the investigation.

Carroll County Deputy Sheriff J.T. Shaw had been searching for a man at a residence on Clay Street in Carrollton for an unrelated reason, but the man was not there. Instead, Shaw found a small child in the home who had been abandoned by the parents, a Carroll County Sheriff's Office release said.

The homeowner, also the child's great-aunt, allowed Shaw permission to search the home where he located drug paraphernalia in the basement of the residence. The child's parents, Samuel Moore and Ashley Darrell, had been staying in the basement for three days, but had left the home without the child, the release said.

Police contacted Social Services, and the sheriff's office, Carrollton Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Carroll County Probation and Parole began searching for the parents. An investigation led officials to Woodrow Wilson Road, where three adults were found in close proximity to multiple items of drug paraphernalia inside a small camper trailer.

Officers arrested Michael R. Yeary, 28; Ashley M. Darrell, 21; and Samuel R. Moore, 21, all of whom admitted to using heroin, according to police.

Yeary was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin), prescription not in an original container, possession of a legendary drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Darrell was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia. A probation violation was also served.

Moore was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia. A warrant from Boone County District Court was also served.

All three people arrested were lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.