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Police Say Mother Facing Child Neglect Charges After Home Found In Poor Conditions

Reported: Jan. 24, 2014 9:35 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 10:24 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va (Tiersa Davis) -- A Huntington woman is facing charges after police said children were found in a home that was in poor condition.

Kirsten D. Wright, 23, of Huntington was charged with two counts of child neglect creating risk of injury and obstructing.

Huntington police responded to a home in the 3300 block of Third Avenue about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell Magistrate Court.

Police said the man who opened the door smelled of alcohol. Police also said the home smelled strongly of marijuana and the children were inside the room where the smell came from.

Police said the home was in poor condition and drug paraphernalia was found in plain view. They said the only source of heat was space heaters and an open oven, and one of the children had an untreated burn on his leg.

Police said the mothers of the children were not home at the time, and Child Protective Services placed the children in the care of family members. It is unclear at this time if the other mother is facing charges in connection to the case.

Police said the obstruction charge stems from the suspect's arrest on Wednesday. Police said Wright was found in the parking lot of a gas station and was intoxicated. Police said Wright had arrest warrants for the child neglect charges and gave false information to avoid arrest.

Wright was taken to the Western Regional Jail, and bond is set at $21,000.

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