A Logan County woman is facing felony charges after police found her four children, including an infant, alone in a filthy Chapmanville house with no electricity or food.
Kellie Odella Workman, 36, of the Godby Heights area was arrested late Saturday night after Logan deputies found her children alone in the dark in filthy conditions.
Logan deputies J.L. Mathis and J.A. Lyall went to the Thunder Road home about 10 p.m. Saturday to investigate after receiving complaints of several unattended children in the home.
The deputies knocked at the door and announced themselves only to be greeted by three children ranging in age from 5 to 13, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Their 1-year-old sibling was also in the home, sleeping on a couch.
There were no beds in the home for the children, deputies said. They told police they slept on couches.
There was no electricity or telephone service to the home. They used a small flashlight to navigate the house and to care for their young siblings, the complaint said. Also, no food was found in the residence, but officers did find several bags of overflowing trash.
The children told deputies they lived in the home with their mother but did not know where she was. The children said it was not the first time she'd left them alone, deputies said.
Deputies wrote in the complaint that the children told them they'd asked her where she was going but that she replied it was none of their business.
The officers called Child Protective Services to assist. The children's mother, Workman, arrived back at the house at about 11:45 p.m. She told deputies she had been out and refused to tell them where she had been, in fear of getting others into trouble, the complaint said.
A search of Workman turned up a clear cellophane package bearing 1 1/ 2 pills believed to be the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. They also found a glass pipe in her vehicle containing marijuana residue.
Workman was charged with four counts of child abuse creating the risk of injury and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. She is being held at Southwestern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.
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