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Couple arrested for child neglect, conspiracy

State Police found two children living in deplorable conditions that a Child Protective Services worker called "one of the worst" she's ever seen.

Trooper J.S. Pauley went to a mobile home on Whispering Way near St. Albans to check on a family after Kanawha Metro 911 reported a man had threatened his 9- and 3-year-old daughters with a knife. The 9-year-old ran to a neighbor's house to call for help.

The girl told Pauley that her father, Paul Ray Naylor, 32, told her he was going to kill her, her sister, and everyone in the trailer park, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. She had a cut on her right cheek.

Pauley arrived at the singlewide mobile home as Naylor was coming outside. He told Naylor why he was called and Naylor admitted he had a knife.

Trash in the living room was piled chest-high, the trooper wrote. A glass aquarium in the living room held a rat that Naylor said had been dead for two months.

The toddler, found sleeping on a day bed in the living room, was wearing only a diaper, with a dirty face and dried dog feces on her foot.

Dead vermin and dirty dishes were piled high in the kitchen sink. The bathroom was unusable and Naylor said the children hadn't been bathed in two days. The hot water tank didn't work and there was an "unbearable" odor throughout the home, Pauley wrote.  

In the master bedroom, troopers found more trash, dirty clothes, two large knives on the bed and marijuana pipes on a dresser. On the floor were prescription pill bottles and a metal cookie sheet with marijuana seeds on it.

Naylor was arrested based on the home's condition. His live-in girlfriend, Kimberly Anderson, 42, pulled up in a small pickup as he was being put into the police cruiser. Her eyes were bloodshot and she smelled strongly of marijuana, troopers said. She admitted to smoking pot and was detained at the scene.

CPS worker Pam Ingram toured the house with Trooper N.M. Manolakos. She decried the conditions as "one of the worst" she has seen and said she would remove the children to foster care. They were taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Naylor and Anderson both were charged with two counts of child neglect and conspiracy. Both were being held at South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

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