UPDATE: Plea agreement discussed for man accused of child neglect

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Published: Jun. 5, 2016 at 4:02 PM EDT
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UPDATE 8/2/17 @ 5:50 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of passing out with two kids in the backseat could settle on a plea agreement soon.

Jeffrey Phelix's attorney says they're on track to work out a deal before his Aug. 14 trial.

Phelix is charged with child neglect.

The charges stem back to last summer when police say someone on Chandler Street reported a strange car in their driveway at 2 a.m.

Charleston police found Phelix and Crystal Page passed out on prescription drugs. Two kids were in the vehicle.

Police also found alcohol, a bb gun and several knives in the vehicle.

In May, Page pleaded guilty to child neglect. She was sent to drug court.

If she completes the program, her charges will be dropped.


UPDATE 5/30/17 @ 4:40 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who's awaiting trial after police say he and a woman passed out in their car with two kids in the backseat appeared in court Tuesday.

Jeffrey Phelix is charged with two counts of child neglect.

Phelix's trial was supposed to start Tuesday but has been continued because he faces federal prison time for a gun charge in a separate case.

He will be back in court June 26.

Meanwhile, Crystal Page, the woman in the car with Phelix at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of child neglect. The judge sent Page to drug court.

If she completes drug court, the charges against her will be dropped. If not, she will be sentenced to one to five years in jail.


UPDATE 6/6/16 @ 7 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A couple was arrested early Sunday morning after Charleston Police say they passed out, high on prescription pills, with their two children in the backseat.

Police arrived to Chandler Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday after receiving a call about a mysterious car, parked in a private driveway.

The man who dialed 911 was Alfred Jones. Jones said he woke up Sunday morning to car headlights beaming through his window.

"It had its bright lights on, and the car was still running. So I went out there and I knocked on their window," Jones said. "It was running and the lights were on, so somebody had to be in there but I didn't see ... they had tinted windows."

When Jones did not get a reply from the person in the car, he called Charleston Police.

Police said they found Jeffrey Phelix and Crystal Page passed out in their car, high on prescription pills and with two kids in the vehicle.

According to a report from Charleston Police, officers had to physically shake the couple to wake them up.

The report also said liquor, a BB gun and several knives were found in the vehicle.

"It makes me sick. I mean if these people want to get out here and do there drugs and do whatever to themselves, they're old enough to make a decision for themselves ... but them little kids are just not old enough to make a decision," a neighbor who did not want to be identified said.

"Anyone who has information on parents who may be suffering from addiction with these types of drugs who have small children ... Please contact CPS and they will investigate that. They will call the police," Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said. "We will go there, check on the well-being of anyone in the home and if they children are not being cared for properly, we will immediately take action."


ORIGINAL STORY 6/5/16 @ 4:30 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A couple was arrested overnight after Charleston Police say they passed out, high on prescription pills, with their two children in their care.

Police arrested Jeffrey Phelix, 31, and Crystal Page, 31, on Chandler Drive in Charleston early Sunday morning.

According to police, two children were in the backseat of a car, screaming and yelling, with their parents passed out in the front seat.

They say it is unclear how long the children were in the car before help arrived.

Charleston Police were alerted to the incident when a neighbor called 911.

Police say the couple did not wake up until officers arrived on scene.

The couple was taken to South Central Regional Jail early Sunday morning and are being held without bond, according to the jail website.

Police say Kanawha County Child Protective Services was notified, and family members were granted emergency custody of the children.

They say the couple was arraigned Sunday morning and are both facing child neglect charges.

WSAZ is working to learn the exact nature of the charges so keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.