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Man Arrested After Police Say Children Living In Deplorable Conditions

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jun. 10, 2014 6:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 5:29 PM EDT
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Hurricane Child Neglect
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Hurricane , Putnam County , West Virginia

Police likely weren't prepared for what they saw when they walked into an upstairs bedroom at this home on Vaturia Drive -- a 3-year-old boy wearing a dirty diaper, with his clothes covered in urine, and a 2-year-old girl, naked and extremely sick.

A neighbor, who wants to remain anonymous, said something hadn't seemed right for a while.

"I have not seen them take groceries in that house for months. I don't know what the kids were eating," said a neighbor who lives down the road.

The criminal complaint said Billy Pearce was hiding with two kids upstairs when police got to the home. Pearce, who was wanted on a battery charge, was arrested for that and a child neglect charge. Officers said drug paraphernalia was scattered throughout the room, and Pearce told police he had snorted a pill about an hour before they got there. Neighbors said the kids lived in the house with their mother, their grandparents and Pearce. They said the kids were rarely outside, and often left alone in the house.

"It was a pattern. They would go off every day, and sometimes be gone two hours, three hours, four hours," the neighbor said.

Police were at this home just last month to arrest Kelly Pearce, who neighbors said is the kid’s mom, on a child neglect charge. A complaint for that arrest said the toddlers were running around the street by themselves. Neighbors said if someone hadn't called the police, it's hard to tell what would have happened to these kids and being aware can save a child's life.

"I'm sure these aren't the only two children that are going through this, and just pay more attention to your surroundings and what’s going on," the neighbor said.



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