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UPDATE: Children, Invalid Adult Found during Search of Meth House; Two More Arrested

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email



UPDATE 1/4/13 @ 8:20 p.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two suspects in a meth bust at a home along the 1400 block of Washington Avenue spoke out Friday from behind bars.

In jailhouse interviews, both Jennifer Setliff and Billey Forth said they had no idea meth was being made in the rear of the home. Both women say they never went to that part of the house.

"The only thing I do every morning is go to work, take care of my kids then come back to my babies," Setliff said. "I don't do nothing at all like that."

As for the children involved, they are in the care of her sister, Setliff said.

Forth's 36-year-old incapacitated sister, who she is now charged with neglecting, is safe and being cared for, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

"I hope she knows that I love her, but I honest to God had nothing to do with this," Forth explained.

According to the DHHR spokesperson, who could not say too much about the case, an adult can refuse to accept help.

Thursday night, the 36-year-old-woman stayed with a neighbor after learning that Adult Protective Services didn't have anywhere to place her.

"She is disabled," neighbor Robert Summers said. "She had no place to go. She had no way of doing the wrongdoings that was going on there and had no knowledge of it. And it's just sad thinking that something like that can happen nowadays."

"We have to show compassion to each other, and I hope that somebody would do that for me," Summers said.

"I told her I was sorry and I didn't understand, and that is all I can say," Forth said.



UPDATE 1/4/13 @ 1 p.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two additional arrests have been made in connection with a meth house in Milton.

According to a Milton Police Officer, a man and a woman have been arrested for allegedly trying to break into the home Friday about 11:30 a.m.

No names are being released at this time.

Four other were arrested at the home Thursday night in connection with using and making meth inside the home.

The home is located in the 1400-block of Washington Avenue in Milton, W.Va.

Billy Jean Forth, Ambrose Chapman, William Setliff and Jennifer Setliff are all facing charges.

Forth is being charged with operating or attempting to operate a meth lab, and abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult. The Setliffs are charged with two counts of exposure of children to meth manufacturing and one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. William also admitted to officers that he did meth in the back room, which was adjacent to the children’s room. Chapman is being charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.

Officers searched the home Thursday night and found a number of items used to make meth in a back room. Investigators also say two children, five and six-years-old, were in the house along with the homeowners invalid adult sister.

No information is being released at this time as to why the man and woman were trying to break into the home.

The four arrested Thursday night are being held in the Western Region Jail.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/4/13 @ 11 a.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people have been arrested after investigators say they found elements of a meth lab in a house in Milton.

Milton Police, along with a State Fire Marshal, say they went to the house in the 1400-block of Washington Avenue Thursday night to investigate an odor coming from the residence.

According to the criminal complaint, when officers searched the residence they found a number of items used to make meth in a back room. Investigators also say two children, five and six-years-old, were in the house along with the homeowners invalid adult sister.

Those arrested included the owner of the house, 31-year-old Billey Jean Forth, who was charged with operating or attempting to operate a meth lab, and abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult.

The parents of the two young children who lived the house, 21-year-old William Setliff, and 23-year-old Jennifer Setliff, were also arrested. Each is charged with two counts of exposure of children to meth manufacturing and one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. William Setlfff also admitted to officers that he did meth in the back room, which was adjacent to the children’s room.

The fourth person arrested, who also lived in the house, was 37-year-old Ambrose Chapman. He was charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.

All four people are now in the Western Regional Jail.


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