Records: Father charged after home found in poor condition with refrigerator full of gnats

Court records say Kevin R. Hatfield, 38, of Lorado is charged with child neglect resulting in risk of injury. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Logan County deputies said a father with four kids was charged after they discovered his home had no power, no food, stacks of trash and a refrigerator with hundreds if not thousands of gnats inside.

Kevin R. Hatfield, 38, of Lorado is charged with child neglect resulting in risk of injury, according to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court.

A Logan County deputy responded Tuesday to a home on Inspiration Lane to serve a court order regarding a wrongful occupation, the complaint said. The court order said Hatfield lived there along with his four kids, ages 15, 13, 11 and 10.

The deputy was invited onto the property by the owner and found a tremendous amount of items and trash that made it difficult to walk around. The home was without power and food, and had a refrigerator filled with gnats and or larvae/eggs, the complaint said.

One of the kids was found at the residence. The deputy said he found the other three children in the neighborhood – two who were staying with a neighbor and another was staying with or near his uncle. Child Protective Services was notified to conduct and investigation and to place the children in temporary care.

The complaint said the deputy located Hatfield, who acknowledged that he was on drugs and that his care for his children and living conditions were not well.

Hatfield is currently being held at the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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