(07/12/2013)
UPDATE - A Mingo County woman who said twin newborn boys were left at her doorstep turns out to be the mother of the children and the person who took the newborns to a regional hospital.

State Police say no charges will be filed, with no criminal intent, the woman said she could not care for the infants.

The infants are in the custody of Children's Protective Services.

ORIGINAL STORY - While politicians continue to polarize the public with their culture wars around birth control, abortion and sex education, West Virginia news is riddled daily with the abuse and neglect of children, mostly related to alcohol and drug addiction.

Further yet is the widespread acknowledgment that billions of dollars the government has spent over 25 years on the "War on Drugs" is ineffective.

State Police in Mingo County are investigating the abandonment of newborn twin boys.

Trooper J.R. Coburn has verified that a woman left a basket containing the infants at a home near Gilbert.

Police said there was a note asking that the infants be taken to Welch Community Hospital in McDowell County.

A woman who lived at the residence told police that she went outside when her dogs started barking, briefly speaking with the woman who left the infants.

The woman then fled.

The resident took the infants to the hospital in Welch.

Police say the twins are in state custody.

In another case, a mother from Nicholas County is facing serious charges after her infant died from a drug overdose.

Stephanie Louk, 25, has been charged with child neglect resulting in death.

Nicholas deputies say while Louk was nine months pregnant, she overdosed on meth, which caused her to have a heart attack and had to undergo an emergency cesarean section.

The infant tested positive for meth and other drugs and died ten days after she was born.

Louk is in Central Regional Jail, held on $250,000 bond.


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