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Couple arrested on child neglect charges

Child neglect
Jan. 08, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Two people were arrested Monday after authorities found two children living in what police and Child Protective Services employees described as "deplorable conditions."

Steven R. McCarthy, 22, and Stacie Ann McCarthy, 32, each were charged with two felony counts of child neglect creating risk of injury, according to criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Huntington Police officers accompanied Child Protective Services employees to a home in the 1000 block of 10th Street to follow up on allegations of drug use, lack of utilities and no food. All those conditions and more were found when they arrived at 4 p.m. Monday.

Authorities were met outside by Steven R. McCarthy and two children, who also resided at the home.

Inside the residence, officers observed animal feces on the floor and a strong odor of animal urine; dirty dishes with mold; and "not really any food in the house in usable condition," according to the complaint.

There also was no running water or heat in the house, and extension cords were running to another location to supply power to two different portable electric devices, which were within reach of the children.

The complaint also states that syringes were left in a dresser drawer in the master bedroom, indicating that drug use was taking place.

The complaint also says the children had been staying there for several weeks, if not longer, and that McCarthy stated he knew it was an unsafe environment for the children.

The McCarthys remain incarcerated at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville on $50,000 bond each.

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