A Logan County father has been charged with felony child neglect after deputies entered his home in connection to serve a wrongful occupation order.
It happened in the 100 block of Inspiration Lane in Laredo.
A deputy entered the home in which Kevin Hatfield was living with his four children, ages 15, 13, 11, and 10 to serve that order. The owner of that property met the deputy at the home, and he is who allowed him inside.
The deputy noted in court documents that he smelled what appeared to be either rotten food or feces. He stated there was trash stacked inside so deep that it was difficult to walk around the home.
One of the children living in the home told the deputy they had been living in those conditions for “a while.”
Court documents state there was no power or food.
“The refrigerator inside the home had hundreds, if not thousands of gnats and/or larvae forming eggs inside of it,” according to the criminal complaint.
Child protective services was notified to begin an investigation and place the children in temporary care.
That criminal complaint noted that the deputy investigating the case was able to locate Hatfield, who admitted that “his care for the children and living conditions was not well”. He also admitted to being on drugs while taking care of the children.
Hatfield was charged with felony child neglect creating risk of injury.