HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County Sheriff's deputies have arrested two parents on neglect charges after they say the father passed out inside a van with the pair's two children in the back seat.
"It's just an extreme case of the neglect that some people put their children in," Cabell County Chief Deputy Doug Ferguson said.
It happened Saturday when a tip led deputies to a store parking lot off of Route 60 in Huntington.
Deputies say they found Aaron Dalrymple, 28, passed out inside a van with the two children, ages 5 and 9, in the back seat. They say when they finally got him to wake up, he appeared to be high, and tried hiding a set of scales and prescription pills. That led deputies to do a more in-depth search of the vehicle.
"Once the K-9 unit indicated narcotics in the vehicle, a check of the interior of the vehicle was made where they discovered a quantity of heroin," Chief Deputy Ferguson said. "Also, an uncapped syringe was located in a compartment of the vehicle."
It was a troubling discovery, deputies say, considering the children were just feet away.
"If a child had gotten a hold of that syringe and poked themselves or injected themselves with that substance," Ferguson said, "it could have been a very tragic situation with the overdose of a child."
Deputies say the children's mother, Vivian Moon, 35, came walking up during the search. She told deputies she was the owner of the van, and that Dalrymple was her boyfriend, and the children's father.
Both Moon and Dalrymple were arrested on two counts of child neglect and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Deputies say this incident is proof how drug addiction can tear a family apart. "If their children were their concern, they wouldn't be addicts to begin with," Ferguson said. "So, with that being said, you can't give a drug addict advice on how to take care of their children because they're not taking care of themselves to begin with."
Moon and Dalrymple are being held at the Western Regional Jail on $150,000 cash bond.
The children were turned over to a relative. Police say the CPS on call worker has been notified.