Three Arrested after Police Find Child in Deplorable Conditions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people have been arrested after a raid at a home on the Charleston's West Side.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com during the raid they found a little girl inside the home on Garvin Avenue in what they call "deplorable" conditions. Police raided the home just before noon.

Police say they also found drugs, weapons and liquor inside the house. The home was infested with bed bugs and roaches, according to investigators.

Police say the child was with a babysitter and her boyfriend at the time of the raid. The child's mother was at work, but she was later brought back to the house.

The child's mother, Kathryn Smith, 34, the babysitter, Jessica McClure, 29, and her the babysitter's boyfriend, Randolph Jennings Wilson, 33, have all been arrested and charged with Child Neglect. The three are also facing drug charges.

Smith talked to WSAZ.com's Cathleen Moxley as police escorted her to a police cruiser. Smith says she had no idea drugs and weapons were in the house and the living conditions aren't bad.

Wednesday's raid is part of the initiative Charleston Police Department launched to help clean up the West Side.

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