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A Tazewell County woman is now facing charges after deputies discovered her 14-year-old autistic son had been left unsupervised at a home in Thompson Valley for an extended period of time.

According to a statement from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, deputies believe the child was left alone for at least five days with a “minimal amount of food.” They also reported that the home had been contaminated with dog feces.

A request for the public’s assistance in locating the child’s mother, 41-year-old Tami Faith Compton, on the agency’s Facebook page garnered a lot of attention. Once Compton got word that authorities were searching for her, she contacted Cpl. S. Davis to make arrangements to turn herself in, a second statement said.

Compton is charged with felony abuse and neglect of a child with reckless disregard.

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