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Clay County man arrested after children left alone in car

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A Clay County man has been arrested after police found two young children alone in a car at the Southridge Walmart.

According to a criminal complaint, Matthew Stover, 31, of Lizemores was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, receiving and transferring stolen property, and obstructing.

On Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, police found two children in a burgundy Nissan Xterra that had a plate that was listed as stolen.

Police say a 3-year-old boy was in the front seat wearing shorts, a jacket with no shirt underneath and no shoes or socks, and a 1-year-old girl, who smelled strongly of urine, was secured in a front facing car seat behind the driver's seat. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of a severe rash.

According to the complaint, one window was halfway down and the other was busted out and covered in plastic. Police say the temperature outside the vehicle was 43 degrees.

The complaint says the man showed police fake identification after he left the store in South Charleston.

Stover told police that he went inside to buy diapers, but he had no diapers as he left the store.

When police searched the vehicle they found trash everywhere, the smell of urine, a glass smoking pipe burnt on one end, a 20 gauge shotgun, and a passport with a 3rd name on it.

The children were later released to their mother.

Stover is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.


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