Woman charged with child neglect

PARSONS – A Parsons woman is free on bond after being charged with child neglect causing risk of injury.

Katie Lynn Worles, 25, was arrested May 23 after an officer allegdly found her 3-year-old son unclothed and pedaling a bicycle on Central Avenue in Parsons approximately 75 yards from U.S. Route 219.

According to the criminal complaint, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.E. Kopec found the small child walking around unsupervised at approximately 10 p.m. May 23. The complaint states the child was unclothed, was pedaling a bicycle and only had on a diaper that appeared to be full and many sizes too small. The complaint stated the diaper was sagging down from being so full, allowing the child’s buttocks to be


The complaint also said the child crossed the street on the bicycle without looking, and walked into a nearby apartment. Kopec asked the child where he lived. The officer allegedly knocked on Worles’ door with no response, so he asked the child to get his mother.

Worles allegedly came to the door and told the officer she did not know why her son was out in the road with no clothing on because she was asleep. Kopec wrote that Worles said “he does this all the time and that she tries to keep him inside.”

Kopec noted in the complaint that the temperature in Parsons that night at 10 p.m. was 55 degrees. The complaint also points out that Worles had been “charged with this offense for this same type of incident on May 17, 2013,” in Tucker County.

Worles was arraigned in Tucker County Magistrate Court and posted $10,000 cash or surety. Her next hearing is slated for 10:30 a.m. June 5.