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Morgantown couple charged with child neglect; mom stoned while breastfeeding

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A couple have been charged after deputies found a woman “drugged while nursing” in Morgantown.

On Nov. 7, deputies from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in View Crest Village in reference to a call of an ongoing physical domestic dispute, according to a criminal complaint.

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When the deputies arrived, they made contact with John Rich, 40; and Ashley Rich, 37, of Morgantown, as well as the three children aged 1 to 15 who lived in the residence, the deputies said.

Deputies noted that “Ashley had marks on her face and neck from the physical argument where John hit her”, and that she was “also under the influence of narcotics while breastfeeding. [the 1-year-old] who had a clearly dirty diaper full of feces,” according to the complaint.

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While at the house, the deputies noted that it “was uninhabitable with rubbish and trash”, and that “the kitchen was full of dirty dishes and spoiled food left out”, and that some “bedrooms were crawling of flies and gnats,” MPs said.

In the bedroom where Ashley and John slept, there was “a crib in the closet … and visible drug paraphernalia lying next to the bed,” according to the complaint.

Deputies also found burnt aluminum foil which “Ashley confirmed … was used to smoke heroin”; one of the children told deputies that “there was crystal meth there too,” the deputies said.

During the argument, John made “threats to slit his wrist in front of Ashley after physically beating her”, and when deputies asked Ashley where the third child was, she said she “n wasn’t even sure,” according to the complaint.

Deputies then located the child in a bedroom “hiding under the covers”, deputies said.

John and Ashley were charged with child neglect. They are being held at the North Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.