Hearing waived in neglect case

PARSONS – A Parsons woman charged with child neglect causing risk of injury waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Tucker County Magistrate Court.

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

Magistrate Riley Barb ordered Thursday that the $10,000 cash or surety bond originally set for Worles would continue, but added she must submit to drug testing through the Tucker County Community Corrections Program.

“When you leave here, get a hold of Dustin Luzier to set this up,” Barb said.

According to the original criminal complaint, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.E. Kopec found the small child walking around unsupervised at approximately 10 p.m. May 23. Police said 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 exposed.

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