St. Albans pair arrested after meth-making items found in their home
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A St. Albans couple is facing multiple felony charges after officers found them with meth-making materials in the filthy home they shared with their four young children, State Police said.
Troopers J.A. Roach, J.S. Pauley and N.S. Stepp went Sunday to the Fifth Street East home of Misty and Nathan McNeely to investigate after receiving a tip that the couple was raising their four children in filth, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
There was a large amount of trash leading up to the doublewide mobile home and old furniture set out in the front yard. The couple's 7-year-old daughter greeted troopers at the door, which was partly open. The girl told troopers her parents were inside sleeping and allowed the officers inside.
"Officers immediately observed an even larger amount of trash inside the living room area and a smell of urine and animal feces from inside the home," Pauley wrote in a complaint.
The children in the home ranged in age from 4 to 13 years old. Also living in the home was Misty's 60-year-old mother Judy Lamp.
Lamp told troopers that the family moved in with her about a year ago and that she'd repeatedly "begged" them to move out "due to the filth in the home that they were causing," the complaint said. Lamp's health kept her confined to her room. Lamp said she knew Misty and Nathan were "destroying her home," but felt unable to do anything about it because of her health.
Misty, 34, and Nathan McNeely, 36, were taken into custody as soon as they entered the living room. They gave troopers permission to look around the home.
Troopers found trash and dirty clothes piled chest high in the kitchen. Dirty dishes sat in moldy water in the kitchen sink along with dead roaches and ants. Dead insects littered the inside of the kitchen cabinets, the complaint said.
There were no toothbrushes or toothpaste or any form of soap in the bathroom. The toilet sat unflushed and was surrounded by animal waste. The bathtub appeared to have never been used, the troopers wrote.
The bedrooms were filled with dirty clothes and animal feces. Troopers found a white powdery substance on a dresser in the bedroom that Misty and Nathan had been in. A search of that bedroom turned up a mason jar filled with an unknown two-layer liquid.
Roach confronted the couple about it and Nathan revealed that the substance was pseudoephedrine and HEET antifreeze, which is part of the meth-making process.
Nathan told the troopers he wasn't making meth but that he helped process the items for a meth cook, identified only as "Booty" in the complaint, so that he could have some of the substance for personal use.
Nathan and Misty McNeely were charged with child neglect and conspiracy to commit a felony. Additionally, Nathan McNeely was also charged with possession of methamphetamine precursors.
Child Protective Services removed the children from the home.
The couple is being held at South Central Regional Jail. Misty McNeely's bond was set at $100,000 and Nathan McNeely's bond was set at $150,000.
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