Three charged in Charleston after State Police say kids living in filthy conditions
CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
West Virginia State Police said three people face charges after several kids were found living in a Charleston residence in filthy conditions with dirt, trash and dog feces covering the floors.
Gary Sadler, 30, Jason Lee Flowers, 31, and Jennifer Leanne Gravely, 25, all of Charleston, are charged with three counts of child neglect creating substantial risk of injury, according to criminal complaints filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
State Police said they responded to an apartment on Dorchester Road Monday to investigate a report that three children under the age of 7 were living in a home with their mother in filthy conditions. They said they made contact with the mother, Gravely, and gained entrance.
There was an overwhelming stench of feces and garbage in the apartment, and the flowers were covered in dirt, trash and dog feces, the complaint said. Rotted food was on the kitchen counters.
Two children were present in the apartment, a 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, who was wearing only a diaper that was dirty, sagging and appeared not to have been changed for days, the complaint said.
State Police said the children’s uncle, Sadler, who said he had been living at the apartment for several days, was sitting in a living room recliner. The mother said the third child, a 6-year-old boy, was with his father, Flowers.
The bedrooms, located upstairs, were covered with trash, dirt and dog feces. A dirty diaper was lying on the floor and a toilet plunger was next to the children’s beds. The walls were smeared with feces, and the rooms were covered with gnats and bugs.
State Police said Gravely told them she sleeps in one bedroom with the 3-year-old girl, and the other two children sleep in the next room. The beds had no pillows, sheets or blankets and were surrounded by feces, dirty clothes and trash.
While authorities were at the residence, the father arrived with the 6-year-old boy, and said he lives at the residence with Gravely.
State Police said Sadler, Flowers and Gravely were all charged based on the investigation. Each is currently being held at South Central Regional jail on a $30,000 property/surety bond.