Local woman faces child neglect charges

BUCKHANNON — One local woman, Kayla Michelle Tenney, is facing child neglect charges following an incident on Friday, July 22.

According to court documentation, Upshur County Sheriff Deputies went to a residence on Gould Road to serve a Capias on a subject. While there, deputies noted that it was evident a child was living in the residence. The mother of the child, who is not facing charges, Crystal Crites explained to deputies that her child was not at the residence, but at a friend’s house in Valley Green.

Upon learning this information, Deputy Tanner Collins accompanied Crites to the friend’s residence to confirm the well-being of the child. Once Crites and Deputy Collins arrived at the Valley Green location, Crites ran to the apartment to locate her child and confirm her safety. The friend, later identified at 25-year-old Tenney, also met Deputy Collins outside.

The criminal complaint states Deputy Collins received permission to enter the residence to confirm there were no other children present in the house. As Tenney escorted Deputy Collins through the front door, it was noted that Tenney appeared to have glassy, bloodshot and dilated eyes. Tenney opened the door and the smell of marijuana immediately emitted from the apartment. Tenney allegedly began shaking as her voice trembled when speaking of the location of the illegal drug.

The complaint then states that Tenney allegedly confessed to owning the drug paraphernalia but insisted she did not know where it was. Tenney looked around the upstairs of the residence before returning to the ground floor. That is where Tenney allegedly asked a juvenile where it was.

According to Deputy Tanner Collins, the juvenile retrieved the drug paraphernalia. Deputy Collins noted the drug residue on the paraphernalia. During conversation, Tenney allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana in the kitchen, approximately 15 feet away from multiple juveniles. CPS was notified and arrived on scene.

Tenney was read her rights and continued to admit to illegal acts. The defendant is currently housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail facing a $25,000 cash only bond.


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