The Times West Virginian

February 7, 2013

Woman faces six counts of child neglect

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Police Department arrested a city woman this week on charges of child neglect.

Samantha Ann Balch, 25, of 1112 Morningstar Lane, Fairmont, was charged with six counts of child neglect leading to risk of injury.

According to criminal complaints, the Fairmont police were contacted by Child Protective Services, who were standing by. CPS was allegedly “at the residence to perform an emergency removal on six children.”

At the residence, officers and CPS were reportedly greeted by “the strong odor of urine and feces,” which grew stronger when they went inside.

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