Parents arrested for the deaths of two children at the MountainAir Mobile Home Park in Hilltop, WV.
An investigation into the death of two young children that began in March has now lead to the arrest of the kids' parents.
The children were found unconscious at the MountainAir Mobile Home Park in Hilltop, WV on March, 11 2014. The children were taken to Plateau Medical Center were they were official declared dead after extensive efforts were made to revive them. Carbon Monoxide was ruled out as a cause of death by the Oak Hill Fire Department, and the bodies were taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner. An autopsy was performed on March 12, 2014. The report was received by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department on Monday, June 9, 2014. That report showed that the cause of death was "Parental Overlay." That is when an adult rolls over on a child while sleeping and restricts the child's breathing.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Department said that the parents turned themselves in to the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Kyle Pensen, 27, and Ashley Penson, 24, were arrested and charged with Child Neglect Causing Death. According to the criminal complaint, the parents admitted to using alcohol and drugs the night before the children were found unconscious and not breathing. Kyle and Ashley Penson then slept with the children on the floor.
"Co-sleeping poses a significant risk of death to these young children," said Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler. "The chemically-enhanced stupor of the parents made it less likely that they would have been awakened by the distress of these infants as their oxygen supply was reduced through parental overlay."
The parents were informed that warrants for their arrest were issued on Tuesday. They agreed to turn themselves in on Wednesday morning. They were arraigned in magistrate court and bond was set at $25,000 each. Ashley Penson was released on bond. Kyle Penson has been taken to the Southern Regional Jail.