Rose Hayhurst and David Hayhurst
Two individuals in Gilmer County have been charged after troopers said they found children living in their home in conditions that were âunfit to live.â
On Apr. 6, troopers with the Gilmer County detachment of the West Virginia State Police were notified of a small child walking along W.Va. Rt. 5 E in Glenville, according to a criminal complaint.
When troopers arrived, they noticed the boy âwas walking in shoes that appeared too big for his feet,â and the boy also stated that âhe hasnât eaten since the night prior,â troopers said.
Troopers then traveled to the boyâs residence on Mudlick Run Road and made a referral to the Gilmer County Department of Health and Human Resources for assistance, according to the complaint.
Upon arrival at the residence, troopers spoke with David Hayhurst, 28, and Rose Hayhurst, 35, both of Glenville, who âdid not realize [the boy] had been walking along the roadway,â but that they knew âhe went outside in anger and slammed the back door to the residence,â troopers said.
They told troopers that âthey were unaware of [the boyâs] movements afterâ he left, however, they did state that he âhad eaten pizzaâ on that day; at that point, troopers learned that there were three other children who lived in the residence, according to the complaint.
Troopers received permission to âdetermine the living conditionsâ in which the children lived, and while inside the residence, troopers âcould see trash scattered throughout the floor as well as multiple gnats,â troopers said.
When troopers went to the upstairs portion of the residence, âthere was animal feces on the floor and a room was filled with trash, food parcels and cigarette buttsâ; when a DHHR worker arrived on scene and toured the residence, she âdetermined that the conditions of the home were unfit to live,â according to the complaint.
They have been charged with four counts of child neglect creating risk of injury. They are being held in Central Regional Jail.