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Tennessee Couple Charged With Child Neglect In Barboursville

Reported: May. 15, 2014 3:45 PM EDT
Updated: May. 15, 2014 10:34 PM EDT
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BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (Tiersa Davis) -- A Tennessee couple is facing child neglect charges after police said they found them using drugs in a truck and had a small child and and a man with a mental disability in the back seat.

Melissa Sue Napier, 28, and Lonnie Lea Napier, Jr., 25, both of Clarksville, Tenn., were charged with child neglect creating risk of injury and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

An officer with the Barboursville Police Department said he was flagged down by a woman about possible drug activity inside a truck in the parking lot of a gas station about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said they found the suspects inside the truck with a syringe loaded with an unknown substance, various prescription pills and $2,500 in cash. Police said the 5-year-old son and man with a mental disability who was under the care of Melissa Napier were in the back seat of the truck.

Both suspects were taken to the Western Regional Jail and bond was set at $100,000.

-- West Virginia Regional Jail Photos



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