Two men were recently arrested on child neglect following an incident that happened in Huntington on Sept. 17.
According to the complaint, TFC T.D. Boggs, S/Tpr. S.A. Belt, S/Tpr. M.A. Broadwater and S.Tpr. R.E. Stowers of the Logan Detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to a reference to kidnapping that had taken place in Huntington. The officers were advised by the WVSP in Huntington that Michael Anderson, 58, of Holden, along with co-defendant Tyler Hodges, 23, also of Holden, had taken children from their mother’s residence after a domestic situation had occurred.
Anderson and Hodges reportedly drove the children, ages 5, 3 and one-year, back to Hodges residence at Holden. Hodges is reportedly the father of the 3 and 5-year olds, but not the father of the one-year old. Officers reportedly found the children, along with Hodges and Anderson, at the residence.
Officers allegedly obtained a signed DPS Consent to Search Form from the Hodges to search the residence. Officers reportedly found the residence to be in “disarray and not suitable for children. While searching the residence, the children were seen holding various knives, as well as pipes used for smoking marijuana.”
In the back of the residence, officers located a hidden room that allegedly was used for growing marijuana, which included several buckets containing soil and three marijuana plants growing in the buckets.
Both Hodges and Anderson were charged with child neglect, three counts of cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy. Both Hodges and Anderson were placed on a $15,000 bond each.
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Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.