4 arrested on drug and child abuse charges in fast food restaurant parking lot

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people from Lincoln County were arrested Friday night on drug and child neglect charges in a fast food restaurant parking lot, West Virginia State Police say.

It happened just before 8 p.m. Friday in the 5100 block of U.S. 60.

Troopers say they were called out on a drug complaint and noticed a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a 1999 Toyota SUV with a needle in his arm.

They say the man and his three passengers had traveled to the Huntington area from Branchland to buy heroin.

Troopers also noticed a 7-month-old toddler in a car seat that was “completely soaked in urine.”

The following suspects were arrested:

  • William Ernest Smith Sr. (suspect in the driver’s seat) of Branchland – charged with child neglect creating risk of injury and possession of a controlled substance

  • Gregory Allen Smith of Branchland – charged with child neglect creating risk of injury

  • Heather Lynn Bledsoe (the toddler’s mother) of Branchland -- charged with child neglect creating risk of injury

  • Peggy Veronica Smith of Branchland -- charged with child neglect creating risk of injury



 
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