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April 9, 2014

Rivesville couple arrested on child neglect charges

FAIRMONT — A Rivesville woman and man were arrested April 7 and charged with child neglect.

Lindsey Floyd, 35, was charged with child neglect after a 3-year-old female in the residence was exposed to meth production.

Jermiah Lee Varner, 29, was charged with a controlled substance charge and child neglect.

According to the criminal complaint, Marion County Sheriff Deputies assisted with a fire call in Rivesville. First responders admitted to seeing a young female standing on the porch by herself.

Upon arrival, a deputy saw a female and a child walking near the home.

According to the criminal complaint, the female advised the deputy that meth was being cooked inside the home when it caught on fire. Varner was burned during the fire and was transported to Ruby Hospital. After being told this, deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence.

During the search of the home, deputies discovered what appeared to be meth-making items. Some items, found both inside and outside the residence, tested positive for exposure to meth. Most of the items would have been within reach of the child.

The child was treated for exposure to meth vapors.

If convicted, Floyd may be fined up to $3,000 and confined in in the custody of the Division of Corrections between one and five years.

If convicted, Varner faces one to five years in a state correctional facility or fined up to $18,000 or confined in in the custody of the Division of Corrections between one and five years.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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