Parents charged with child neglect
Two parents have been charged with child neglect creating risk of injury after they were found outside a vehicle unresponsive, allegedly after having taken heroin, with their 20-month old child left inside that vehicle. This according to a criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court last week.
Rebecca D. Hill, 28, and Sheldon B. Hill, 36, both of Point Pleasant, were arrested by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department after deputies were dispatched to the 2000-block of Camp Conley Road in Point Pleasant, in reference to a report of a red vehicle parked along the roadway with three alleged, unresponsive persons outside of it.
According to the complaint filed in magistrate court, Rebecca was reportedly found laying along the driver’s side of the vehicle with Sheldon and an unidentified male, allegedly found laying off the right side of the vehicle. At first, Rebecca was unresponsive to verbal commands but then began communicating with law enforcement, while Sheldon is described as being unresponsive to verbal commands, according to the criminal complaint.
Inside the rear of the vehicle was the child in a car seat, “visibly upset,” according to the complaint. The deputy reported the vehicle as running, with the heater in the “hottest position and the fan on the highest setting, this action caused the interior of the vehicle to be extremely hot.” The child was taken to a local hospital by personnel with Mason County EMS to be “checked out,” according to the complaint.
Lt S. L. Greene was the arresting officer. Also on scene were emergency personnel from Mason County EMS.
The couple appeared before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush for arraignment with Roush setting their bonds at $25,000, each. As of Monday evening, they were both incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests May 5 – 11: Aaron M. Coon, 19, Glenwood, DUI under 21, obstructing an officer, electronic device while driving, reckless driving, indecent exposure, arrested by Sgt. Varian. Randy L. Lamont, 44, Rock Mount, Va., DUI, possession of controlled substance, arrested by Deputy Waugh. Matthew T. Smith, 27, Apple Grove, violation of protection order, domestic assault, arrested by Deputy Ferrell. Melissa A. Arnold, 40, Point Pleasant, truancy warrant, arrested by Deputy Ferrell. Jack C. DeWitt, 40, Henderson, burglary, assault, battery on a police officer times two, obstructing an officer times two, arrested by Deputy J. Peterson. Jesse McCloud, 34, Bidwell, Ohio, domestic battery, brandishing, petit larceny, arrested by Cpt. B.C. Peterson.
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