Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 24, 2013

Preliminary hearings set in child abuse case

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — A man and woman who were arrested after their two children were found in conditions that let them handle and eat human excrement are now set for hearings in McDowell County Magistrate Court.

Michael Paul Perry, 28, and Crystal Sidney Perry, 19, both of Northfork, were arrested after state Child Protective Services workers found their two children, ages 1 and 2, living in unsanitary conditions at a Ashland area home. Both are facing felony charges of child abuse with substantial risk of injury. At their arraignment, Magistrate Daniel Mitchell set bonds at $100,000 apiece.

Preliminary hearing dates have been scheduled. Sgt. James Muncy Jr. of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department consulted a court calendar and said Michael Perry is scheduled to appear on Aug. 28 before Magistrate Daniel Mitchell. Crystal Perry’s hearing, set for Aug. 30, will also be before Magistrate Mitchell.

Both Crystal and Michael Perry were incarcerated Friday at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden.

Child abuse with substantial risk of injury carries a penalty of one to five years of imprisonment. Under the discretion of the court, the penalty could also be a year at a county regional jail.

Child Protective Services workers with the state Department of Health and Human Resources office in Welch visited the Ashland-area house Wednesday after receiving an anonymous tip. The family was living in one rented room.