UPDATE: Mother Accused of Leaving Four Children Alone in Deplorable Conditions

By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/26/13 @ 11:35 p.m.
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A child’s cup still sits in a window of the house at 2209 Thunder Road at Godby Heights, but the children who lived there are gone.

Logan County Sheriff's deputies tell WSAZ.com Saturday night they found four children, ages one to 13, home alone in the home.

“I just don't see how she could leave her children alone like that,” neighbor Tina Morgan said.

Police arrested their mother, Kelli Workman, when she came back home around midnight. They said Workman had drugs in her pocket and refused to tell police where she had been and even told her children it was none of their business.

Another neighbor said he knew the kids sometimes went hungry but believed Workman was a good mother.

“One day they came out and said they were hungry and me and my wife went and get them something to eat,” Mike Hawkins said, adding, “The woman constantly worked; when the woman wasn't working, she was over here cleaning.”

According to the criminal complaint, the house inside and out was full of trash, had no food and the power was off.

The children are currently with Child Protective Services.

Workman remains in jail on four counts of child abuse and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.



ORIGINAL STORY
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four children, ages one to 13-years old, were found left alone in deplorable conditions.

Their mother, Kellie Workman, 36, is now facing charges. That is according to members of the Logan County Sheriff's Department who went to the home on Thunder Road in Godby Heights Saturday and discovered the children.

Deputies say there was no electricity in the home, no telephone and no food. Trash was spilling out on the floor of the home. The children also had no beds on which to sleep.

It is not clear how long the children were alone.

When Workman showed up at the home deputies found she had drugs on her, according to investigators.

The children are now in the care of Child Protective Services.


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