W.Va. Couple Arrested for Allowing Child to Live in ‘Deplorable’ Conditions


A couple in West Virginia have been arrested Saturday after deputies found three children living in “deplorable” conditions.

Ashleigh Knox, 29, and Jonathan Talkington, 29, of Fairmont were each arrested and charged with three counts of felony child neglect creating risk of injury. Knox was also charged with an additional count of the same charge.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies said they executed a search warrant at the couple’s Jordan Road home, where they live with and care for children ages seven, four, and three. Deputies said the outside of the home was littered with trash, broken toys, old power tools, and waste, and that the inside of the home smelled of cat urine.

Deputies also found cockroaches inside the refrigerator, on dishes, on the couch, throughout clothes, and in the bed sheets, according to court documents. They also found a marijuana pipe with burnt marijuana laying on the steps.

Deputies said all three children had cockroach bites all over their bodies.

Knox was charged with an additional count for denying another child medicine for PTSD. Deputies said she had not filled the medicine for the child and denied the child the medicine when the child asked.

CPS took all three children from the couple.

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