One of the children was unable to tell deputies when she had last bathed.
Jul 08, 2019
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a 2-year-old child wandering around a parking lot on Clayton Avenue in Hurricane by himself at 3 a.m. Monday.
The child was wearing only a diaper and a T-shirt.
The caller stated that they knocked and rang the door bell at the apartment the child identified as his own for 10 minutes before calling 911.
The responding deputies made contact with three adults at the home identified as Kathryn Dawn Patton, Charles Adam Stanley and Donald Patton who were asleep. They did not know that the 2-year-old had left the home.
A 6-year-old and a 9-year-old were also inside that home.
The 6-year-old was unable to tell deputies when she had last bathed. According to the criminal complaint, trash, rotting food, dirty diapers and dirty clothing covered the floor almost completely.
Feces filled both of the toilets in the residence and what appeared to be feces was smeared on the wall and the floor throughout the home.
The smell of feces was so overwhelming that the responding deputies became nauseous and had to cover their mouths to avoid swallowing the large amount of bugs present inside.
The children were removed from the residence due to safety concerns and placed with family members.
All three adults were charged with three counts of child abuse/neglect by a parent or guardian.
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