UPDATE: Woman Arrested on Child Neglect Charges in Cabell County

UPDATE 8/13/14 @ 10:20 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother is facing several charges after investigators say her children were living in deplorable conditions.

Amanda Hatfield, 27, is charged with four counts of child neglect.

She was arrested Tuesday at her home on Pauley Branch Road in Ona.

State Police say they went to the home to assist CPS in a check welfare complaint. They were notified that the previous day, that DHHR went to the home and noticed the deplorable conditions.

According tot he criminal complaint, Hatfield has four children, ranging from ages four to eight.

In the complaint, State Police said, "the entire residence was in complete disarray along with rotten food items scattered throughout the floor."

Investigators say there were gnats in the entire house, and cockroaches in the drawers in the kitchen.

According to the complaint, there were no healthy food items in the kitchen, only pop and junk foods.

Investigators say the children's bedrooms were extremely deplorable and disease ridden. One bedroom had actual insect egg implanted in the floor, according to WVSP.

"The fact that I saw what appeared to be insect eggs matted into the carpet of the kids' bedroom was disgusting," Trooper Will Hash said.

When investigators asked Hatfield about the conditions, she told them, "I've lived here for a year and my kids will not listen to me when throwing away their trash. What can I do to correct that?"

She told them the children normally slept on the couch because they did not want to sleep in their beds.

The children were removed from the home and are staying with an aunt.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/12/14 @ 9:45 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother from the Ona area of Cabell County faces child neglect charges after West Virginia State Police troopers said they found her four kids living in deplorable conditions.

Amanda Hatfield, 27, faces four counts of child neglect. She was arrested Tuesday afternoon and arraigned later that evening.

Investigators sent WSAZ.com photos of moldy beds and trash-filled rooms.

"The fact that I saw what appeared to be insect eggs matted into the carpet of the kids' bedroom was disgusting," Trooper Will Hash said.

Troopers say when they made the arrest, Hatfield blamed the conditions on the children -- saying she had told them several times to clean up their trash.

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