EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLogan County Deputies Say Kids Found Home Alone With No Electricity, Food, Beds
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
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Reported: Aug. 26, 2013 10:54 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 9:58 AM EDT
Chapmanville , Logan County , West Virginia
A Logan County mother is in jail, accused of leaving her four children alone with no food, electricity, phone, or beds.
It started on Saturday when a neighbor called 911 concerned about what they believed was going on next to to their Godby Heights home. Deputies then discovering shocking conditions, and four children left to fend for themselves.
Children's toys are strung across the yard of the home, but deputies say it's far from a place for kids.
"Definitely one of the worst that we've seen in a while," explained Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter.
"In this case, these kids had no one that was taking up for them other than neighbors who saw what was going on," she said.
Deputies say the home located at 2209 Thunder Road was littered with trash and no electric, telephone, food, or beds. They say the four children inside were left alone only with a flashlight.
Three of the kids, between the ages of 5 and 13, were left to take care of a 1-year-old baby.
The kids told deputies their mother, Kellie Workman, 36, frequently left them alone.
Workman showed back up, while deputies were still there, and refused to tell them where she'd been because she said she didn't want to get anyone in trouble, according to the criminal complaint.
They say they found pills on her and a marijuana pipe in her car.
Neighbors said despite the outside and inside appearance of the house, Workman was trying to get help and do better for the children.
The neighbor, who didn't want to show his face, lives next door to the home, and says he's brought the kids food and tried to help Workman since she recently moved in.
"She was just a hardworking woman. I think she's getting the raw end of the deal," said the neighbor.
He says she was allowed to live in the home, rent free, if she cleaned up the mess left behind by someone else.
"She actually had her father-in-law come down here, truck after truck, after truck, take it to waste management...the trash that came out of the house that woman took and cleaned. Then working two jobs, then trying to take care off four kids. I just think it's hard," he said.
Workman declined an interview from jail.
Her children have been put in the care of CPS.
A Logan County mother faces multiple charges after deputies said they found her four children home alone with no food in a trash-strewn residence that had no electricity or beds for the kids.
Kellie Odella Workman, 36, of Mount Gay was charged with four counts of child abuse creating risk of injury and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court.
Deputies responded to 2209 Thunder Road at Godby Heights in Logan County about 10 p.m. Saturday to investigate a complaint about several unattended children, the complaint said. After knocking on the door, the deputies were met by three children, ages 5 to 13, and a 1-year-old was asleep on the couch.
The deputies said they asked the children if they knew the whereabouts of their parents and they said no, but they indicated they stayed at the residence with their mother. The children said they asked their mother where she was going before she left and she said it was none of their business, the complaint said. Deputies said the kids told officers it wasn’t the first time they had been left alone without electricity, a telephone or food.
Deputies contacted Child Protective Services for assistance to get the children placed while they tried to find their mother. The children had a small flashlight they used to go throughout the home and to care for their 1-year-old sibling. Close to midnight, the mother came back to the residence and she refused to tell them where she had been, the complaint said. She was arrested and transported to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office for processing.
Officers said there was no electricity or food in the home, and several bags of trash were pouring onto the floor. There also were no beds for the kids, and the children said they slept on couches.
While searching the mother, the deputies said, officers found a clear cellophane package containing small pills believed to be Xanax in her jeans and a substance believed to be marijuana in her vehicle.
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