W.Va. man faces neglect charge

December 11, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man was charged with child neglect after police found him and his 8-year-old son living in a Martinsburg home littered with cat feces and overflowing litter boxes in October, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Joshua Craig Adams, 30, of 928 Lemir Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Monday night by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one felony count of child neglect, according to court documents.

Martinsburg Police Patrol Officer William Staub found eight to 10 cats in the home at 409 S. Kentucky Ave. while attempting to find a suspect in a larceny case on Oct. 10, according to court documents.

Staub said in his criminal complaint that there was a “severe rotten smell” in the sparsely furnished home, according to court documents.


“There was hardly any furniture and the furniture that was there had cat feces on the cushions,” Staub said in the complaint.

Cat feces was found all over the kitchen counter, and dishes there had rotten food on them, according to the complaint.

Trash and overflowing litter boxes were found “all over the downstairs” area, according to court documents.

Upstairs, the officer found two mattresses in one bedroom, one without any sheets, where Adams and his son were staying, according to court documents.

There also was an overflowing litter box, multiple bowls of cat food on the floor and a pile of dirty dishes laying in one corner of the bedroom, according to court documents.

In the home’s only bathroom, there was cat feces and “filth all over” and the tub was filled with water that “looked like it had been there for a very long period of time,” Staub said his complaint.

The toilet had no water in it and appeared to be broken, according to court documents.

At that point, Staub ordered that the home be vacated, and made arrangements for the boy to stay elsewhere, according to court documents. The boy’s grandmother responded to the home and took the child with her, according to court documents.

Berkeley County Animal Control officials told the owner of the home, who is not Adams, to clean up the house or risk seizure of the cats, according to court documents.

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