Logan, West Virginia (The Weekly Vice) - Kellie Workman, a 36-year-old West Virginia woman, was jailed Saturday after she allegedly left her four young children alone to fend for themselves - without a phone, electricity, food or even a bed to sleep in.
According to the Logan County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to Workman's home after a neighbor became concerned about the welfare of her four children.
Deputies arrived at the scene to discover a home that was in deplorable condition. Parts of the house had been torn down, doors unhinged, screens removed and toys were found strung across the yard.
When deputies knocked on the door, several children (ages 5 to 13) answered the door. Deputies entered the residence to find a 1-year-old baby who was being cared for by the other children.
When deputies asked the children where a parent or guardian was, the children answered that they had asked their mother where she was going, but she replied that it was "none of their business."
Deputies soon-after discovered that the home had no electricity, no phone, no food and no beds for the children to sleep on. The home was filled with over-flowing trash cans and the children told police that they found their way around the house by using a flashlight.
When asked, the children told deputies that they were frequently left alone at home.
Workman was stopped as she arrived back home at about 11:30 p.m.. During a search, deputies found pills in her pocket that are believed to be Xanax and marijuana inside her vehicle.
She was booked into the Logan County Jail and charged with four counts of child abuse/risk of injury to a child and two counts of possessing a controlled substance.
The children were placed into the custody of Child Protective Services.
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