FAIRMONT —A 25-year-old Fairmont man faces child neglect charges after a Dec. 8 house check Dec. 8 found methamphetamine within reach of an infant along with a pistol within reach of a 9-year-old.
According to a criminal complaint, Jonathan David Cochran of 1100 Rivershore Dr., Fairmont, is charged with two counts of felony child neglect resulting in risk of injury. In the court papers, the Barrackville police chief stated he assisted state parole officers at 8:29 p.m. Dec. 8 on a house check and warrant attempt at an address on Pike Street in Barrackville.
State parole was told that a resident living at the home may have had a firearm in his possession, the complaint states.
After entering the home, authorities made contact with Jonathan Cochran, who was detained, according to the complaint.
The chief said Cochran exited a room carrying an infant under the age of 1, and during a search of the room, officers found a pink camouflage pistol with a round in the chamber and a full magazine. The complaint states the gun was within reach of a 9-year-old child who lived in the home.
The chief said there was also a gray baggie containing a white-colored substance in the pocket of a jacket that was within reach of the infant. According to the court papers, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
The complaint states a search of the living room found knives in reach of the children. According to the court papers, “it was learned that recently the 9 year old pulled a loaded firearm out of the couch between the cushions.”
Police said the 9 year-old was “very concerned” that authorities check her room, because she stated that Cochran kept “guns and stuff” in her bed on the top bunk.
However, a search of the room found nothing on or around the bunk bed, the complaint states.
Cochran was searched by parole officers and was in possession of a clear plastic bag, which he told police was K12, according to the court papers.
Court records show Cochran is in Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $50,012 bail.