Parents arrested; allegedly made threats at Dover school after sending child on field trip

33-year-old Vanessa Alston and 26-year-old Nathaniel Hampton

Two parents were arrested after police say they made threats at their child's school as the child had not yet returned from a school trip, in Dover.

The Dover Police Department says on Tuesday, just after 3:00 PM, 26-year-old Nathaniel Hampton and 33-year-old Vanessa Alston went to William Henry Middle School, on Carver Road, wanting to know the location of their son. Police say Hampton and Alston were shouting profanities and alleging that their son had not returned home from school. 

 Once on scene, authorities say Alston and Hampton continued to be uncooperative, shouting profanities inside the building where staff and students were still present. Alston reportedly made threats to kill while inside the building.

According to Dover PD, officers noticed that both suspects smelled of marijuana and appeared to be intoxicated. Police say they were taken into custody, where officers discovered that Hampton had 4.1 grams of marijuana in his possession. While the suspects were in custody, authorities report that school officials confirmed that their son was on the way back to the school from an out-of-state field trip that the parents has previously gave permission for him to attend. Officials say the parents were aware that the class would return from the field trip after normal school hours.

Police say the child was later picked up by his grandmother after returning from the field trip.

Both Hampton and Alston were charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.

Hampton was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Alston was also charged with terroristic threatening.

Both Hampton and Alston were released on unsecured bond. 

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