Mom charged with letting four kids live in filth

ONA (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a woman who blamed filthy living conditions on her four children has been charged with felony child neglect.

Twenty-seven-year-old Amanda Lynn Hatfield was arraigned Tuesday in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

A criminal complaint says Hatfield’s home in Ona was riddled with trash, mold, cockroaches and insect eggs.

Trooper Will Hash says the prosecutor’s office was contacted after Child Protective Services workers saw the home remained soiled Tuesday, a day after their initial visit.

Hash says Hatfield indicated the children didn’t heed her repeated requests to pick up after themselves. She’s being held in the Western Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.

Media outlets report the children are ages 6 and 8, along with 4-year-old twins. They have been placed in the care of an aunt.

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