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Fayette County Parents Charged With Babies' Deaths

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jun. 11, 2014 6:42 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2014 9:28 AM EDT
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Fayette Parents Charged
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Hilltop, Fayette , West Virginia

It's a situation most of us can't even imagine. Two babies, a 3-month-old and a 1-year-old, found dead in this home in Mountainair Mobile Home Park in March.

"Warrants were obtained yesterday for both of the parents for child neglect, resulting in death," Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said.

Ashley and Kyle Penson turned themselves in and made their initial appearance in Fayette County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning. Police went to the Pensons' home on March 11, and said both parents said they had drank alcohol and smoked marijuana the night before.

"Common sense will tell you not to drink and do drugs when you got when you got little ones there that can't defend themselves,” said Elizabeth Humphrey of Fayette County.

Deputies said the Pensons fell asleep on the floor with their three kids, and most likely rolled over on top of the two little ones, suffocating them.

The third child, a 4-year-old, wasn't injured, but he told investigators his parents had given him and his siblings Nyquil the night before so they would fall asleep. Kessler is glad his department was finally able to make arrests.

"You want to make sure you do a thorough and fair investigation, and you want to be sure when you do bring criminal charges you're ready to go, and we're ready to go," Kessler said.

Deputies said there's no evidence that the Pensons intended to hurt their babies, but their actions were "grossly negligent."

Humphrey said she believes people caught up in such situations should seek assistance.

"If you're drinking and doing drugs, and you have small children and you love them very deeply in their heart, get help," Humphrey said.



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