VAN - A Van man and woman were charged with child neglect creating a risk of injury after law enforcement received a child welfare complaint and immediately investigated.

Douglas Ray Workman, 25, and Amber Dawn Workman, 27, of Van, were accused in the case on July 18.

According to a report prepared by Sergeant CR Sutphin with the West Virginia State Police, he and Corporal JW Robinson found the home littered with household garbage and debris. The report states that there was a strong odor of animal feces and there were multiple locations in the residence where the five small children could receive injuries.

According to the report, the children had an inadequate supply of food and contaminated water in the sink, coupled with dirty dishes prevented them from obtaining clean water and they had little to no means of having adequate personal hygiene.

The report stated that the children communicated that they couldn't brush their teeth and that the accused was arrested in 2016 for the same offense, involving four of the children.

As of Coal Valley News print deadline, the couple was held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond each.

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