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FAIRMONT — A man and two women face multiple counts of child neglect after five children were allegedly found Aug. 6 in dirty condition in a garbage-strewn residence in Mannington.

The complaints state that Shirley Ann Butler, 47, Larry Douglas Phillips, 19, and Rebecca Ann Hibbs, 28, all of 319 E. Main St., Mannington face five felony counts of child neglect resulting in risk of injury.

According to the court papers, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office made a house check Tuesday on Larry Phillips at 319 E. Main St. While approaching the residence, the deputy saw Phillips sitting inside a vehicle.

His girlfriend, Rebecca Hibbs, opened the door of the residence and asked what was going on, the complaints state. The deputy could allegedly detect a foul odor emitting from the residence.

The deputy saw several young children exit the residence while Hibbs was speaking with him, and a short time later, Phillips’ mother, Shirley Butler, exited the residence, according to the court papers.

Phillips was detained pending investigation, and the deputy entered the home where all three live. The deputy allegedly saw garbage strewn throughout the residence, on the floor, and dirty diapers, beside the “pack and play,” with feces in them, the complaints state.

“Dog feces was compacted in the floors of the upstairs where the children sleep along with garbage throughout causing a disturbing amount of fly’s (sic) and gnats along with a pan of what appeared to be urine where the children sleep,” the complaints state. “All five children were dirty and appeared (that) they have not bathed in several days.”

According to the court papers, there was a large hole in the upstairs floor where the children sleep that created a risk for the children to be hurt or suffer broken bones.

The children, ages 10, 7, 5, 2, and 1, “were staying in this residence in conditions that are not acceptable and create a risk of the children becoming ill,” the complaints state.

According to the court papers, Children and Protective Services was contacted and arrived on the scene and took custody of all five children. Court records show Butler, Phillips and Hibbs are in North Central Regional Jail. Bail is set at $50,012 for Phillips and $20,012 each for Hibbs and Butler.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.