EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFather Arrested After Daughter Found Unresponsive In Bathtub
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 6:37 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 11:18 PM EDT
Harts , Lincoln County , West Virginia
A father charged with child neglect resulting in injury and child neglect creating the risk of injury turned himself in to West Virginia State Police Wednesday.
Troopers in Lincoln County said Jason Riffe left his his 2 year-old daughter in a bathtub at his home in Hamlin for a prolonged period of time earlier this month and she nearly drowned. According to investigators, Riffe told them he only was gone for about 20 seconds to get a towel, but doctors believe the girl was in the tub for a much longer period of time to sustain the substantial injuries she had. She was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for more than a week and was recently released. The incident happened in mid-July.
Police say Riffe has a drug problem. An 8 month-old was removed from the home by CPS, following Riffe's arrest.
Riffe was being held on a $40,000 bond.
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