ASHLAND, W.Va. -- Two young children were removed from an unsanitary home in McDowell County where they were seen handling and eating human excrement, and their parents have been arrested, authorities said Thursday.
Sheriff Martin West said Michael Paul Perry, 28, and Crystal Sidney Perry, 19, were charged with child abuse creating substantial risk of injury.
West said a detective went to the home in the Ashland area on Wednesday after child protective services workers who were attempting to remove the children had met resistance from the parents and felt threatened. The children are ages 1 and 2.
According to a criminal complaint, the detective saw that the children were filthy.
"The room in which the children were being held had human excrement in the floor and that the children had been eating the excrement," the complaint said.
Sheriff's Sgt. J.E. Muncy said the human waste "was on candy that they were eating."
Muncy said it's believed the workers were acting on a tip when they went to the home in a rural, residential area. The detective determined that controlled substances likely played a role and that the parents were "intoxicated to the extreme that they didn't care," Muncy said.
Muncy said child protective services workers took custody of the children, but he didn't know where they were taken.
The Perrys were arraigned before a magistrate. They remained held Thursday on $100,000 bond apiece at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden. It wasn't immediately known whether they had an attorney.