W. Va. Man and Woman Arrested for Child Neglect: Two Children Found Locked in Shed

According to a news statement from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s office, Donald Ray Lantz and Jeanne Kay Whitefeather are being held by the police after two kids were allegedly discovered trapped in a shed in Sissonville, West Virginia.

West Virginia Children Found Locked in Shed Without Hygiene or Food: Arrest Made

Just after 5:45 p.m. local time on Monday, Deputy H.K. Burdette went to a call at the 200 block of Cheyenne Lane in Sissonville, according to the department. According to investigators, the caller witnessed a man open the shed, speak to the children inside, and then lock the shed behind him.

The sheriff’s office stated that “deputies had to force entry into the barn where they discovered a juvenile male and juvenile female locked inside an approximately 20×14 foot room.”

The deputies stated that neither running water nor functional restrooms were available to the kidnapped children in the shed. In the shed, which had no windows, beds, or even a single table and chair, they allegedly went without appropriate hygiene care and food.

Through the window, I saw a young youngster, who appeared to be between the ages of 5 and 6, sitting by himself on the loft floor. Near the railing of a roughly 15-foot drop from the loft, I saw the crying infant. Forced entry was made to secure the child because of the child’s distressed state and possibility of the child falling, according to the criminal complaint, according to WZAS News.

West Virginia Couple Arrested for Child Endangerment: Two Children Found Locked in Shed

When deputies arrived, there were no guardians or carers present, according to the sheriff’s office. But between 8:30 and 9:45 p.m., the adoptive parents Lantz, 63, and Whitefeather, 61, showed up to the house.

The children were allegedly placed in the shed, and Whitefeather allegedly told the deputies that “they like it,” according to WVVA.

According to the authorities, Lantz and Whitefeather were detained on felony counts of gravely endangering a child. Bond amounts have been established at $200,000 in cash for Lantz and Whitefeather. The two will have a preliminary hearing on October 12, according to WSAZ.

Tuesday’s request for additional information from PEOPLE was not immediately answered by a representative of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Detective R.S. Alford or Lieutenant A.C. Pile at the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at 304-357-0556 if you have any information on the case, or submit a tip online at kanawhasheriff.us.

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