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W.Va. woman faces child neglect charges

May 14, 2003

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., woman was charged with felony child neglect Tuesday after her two toddlers were found running dirty and alone through their neighborhood, according to court records.

Holly Denise Perez, 23, of Jester Court, was freed after posting $10,000 bail.

According to court records, a woman in the Idyllwood subdivision called police and said she had found a small child in the neighborhood. When Cpl. D.L. Steerman, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, responded, he saw another child running down the middle of a street. A woman chasing after the boy told police where she believed the boy lived. That child was later found to be 2 years old.

When Steerman went to the home, he knocked on the door but received no answer. Fearing something had happened to the residents, he went inside through an unlocked door. He found the children's mother sleeping, according to court records.

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Steerman had the 2-year-old, and the woman said she did not know where her 3-year-old son was, court records allege. When Steerman went to look for that boy, he was flagged down by the woman who initially called police.

Both boys were wearing soiled diapers, were dirty and had mucus on their faces, according to court records.

The Department of Health and Human Resources was called. The incident happened a week ago, on May 7. Details on the children's current whereabouts were unavailable Tuesday night.

A conviction of felony child neglect carries a prison sentence of one to five years.

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