MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The mother of a 23-month-old Martinsburg boy was charged with child neglect after the toddler was found shivering and poorly dressed outside in cold and wet conditions Thursday afternoon with a small poodle.
Wanda M. Murphy of 320 Twigg Drive in Martinsburg was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller who set a $30,000 bond, according to court records.
Found wearing a thin, long-sleeve shirt, windbreaker pants and tennis shoes outside a home in the 300 block of Yoakum Street, the child was shivering and appeared to have soiled his pants, according to a complaint filed by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman E.C. Neely. The temperature was about 20 degrees and Neely said a mix of rain and sleet was steadily falling in a 10-mph wind.
The couple who found the boy told Neely that they tried to find the child's parents for 20 to 25 minutes before calling police, Neely said in his complaint.