(12/22/2017)
A Clay County man is facing charges after leaving two small children inside a vehicle at a store in South Charleston.

Matthew Stover, 31, of Lizemores, is charged with two counts of child neglect creating risk of serious injury or death, one count of possession of stolen property and three counts of obstruction.

According to a the criminal complaint, officers were sent to a a Walmart in South Charleston after a report of two children left alone in a vehicle, with temperatures hovering near forty five degrees.

The license plate on the vehicle came back as stolen and there was a shotgun in the car.

The driver's side front window was halfway down and passenger rear window was busted out and covered with plastic.

A three-year-old was in the front passenger's seat talking to the complainant through the open window.

The child was wearing shorts and an open zipper thin jacket without a shirt on underneath.

Officers asked the child where his father was and he told them he was inside the store.

Officers say a one-year-old child was in the rear driver's side seat in a car seat that smelled strongly of urine.

Officers put the children into a police car because of the temperature.

Stover then left the store and approached officers saying he was the father of the children.

When asked for an ID, Stover gave them a fake one and said he had just gone inside to buy diapers. He didn't have any diapers with him.

He was then taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle found trash everywhere, including a glass smoking pipe consistent with drug abuse.

The one-year-old had a severe blistering rash, while officers changed the diaper. The child was taken to a local hospital.

Police also spoke to Stover, who was in jail, who continued to give a false name for himself and the two children.

Officers were able to contact the children's mother who came to the police station.

When asked about the rash on the one-year-old, she told officers it was an allergic reaction from switching diapers.

The ER staff at the hospital told police the one-year-old had multiple infections and the rash was not believed to be from an allergic reaction.

CPS was requested by officers to respond to the hosptial, but they declined.

Stover has been placed in South Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.


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