Kathleen Moule

Kathleen Moule (left) stands with her attorney Rebecca Tate (right) during Moule’s plea hearing Thursday. The State of West Virginia was represented by Marion County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Freeman (front).

FAIRMONT — A felony count of child neglect was dismissed during a plea hearing for a Marion County woman.

Kathleen Moule, 29, entered a plea agreement with the state Thursday, pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of first offense child neglect. Marion Circuit Judge Michael Aloi said with Moule’s plea, the felony charge was dismissed.

Moule was arrested in July after law enforcement officers responded to a possible missing person call at Benoni Avenue.

On Thursday, Marion County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Freeman said upon the officers’ arrival at the residence, they found a 2-year-old boy alone in his crib, unclothed and without food or water.

Freeman said officers then discovered Moule in the attic and unresponsive.

During the plea hearing Thursday, Moule told Aloi that the night before she was arrested she put her 2-year-old son to sleep and then consumed too much alcohol. Moule said at the time no one else was in the residence.

Aloi granted the motion to have Moule’s six-month sentence suspended and place her on probation for two years.

• A Shinnston man was granted probation after pleading guilty to lesser child neglect charges in Marion County.

Justin Eugene Massey, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to contributing to child neglect, a misdemeanor. Massey was indicted in June on child neglect creating risk of injury or death, a felony.

On Thursday, Aloi granted the defense’s motion to suspend the six-month jail sentence and place Massey on probation for one year.

Marion County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Freeman told the court Thursday that on Dec. 24, 2013, Massey consumed alcohol while at the home of his 3-year-old son’s grandfather. Freeman said the son’s mother came to pick him up because Massey was intoxicated.

Freeman said when the mother and her boyfriend arrived, Massey and the boyfriend got into a fight with the 3-year-old present.

• A Fairmont man was arrested Thursday for allegedly forging more than $1,000 in checks.

Ryan Robert Hadox, 29, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and is being charged with five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering.

According to the criminal complaint, between Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, Hadox forged, uttered and employed five checks totalling $1,500.

Hadox’s bond is set at $500 for each charge, for a total of $5,000.

If convicted, Hadox faces one to 10 years in prison, or, in the discretion of the court, be confined in jail for no more than one year and fined no more than $5,000 for each charge.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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