WELCH — Two Ashland residents arrested after their children were found living in filthy conditions waived their preliminary hearings Friday in McDowell County Magistrate Court.
Crystal Sidney Perry, 19, and Michael Perry, 28, both of Northfork, were arrested Aug. 22 when state Child Protective Services workers visited a house in the Ashland area and found two children, ages 1 and 2, living in a rented room. The children were in conditions allowing them to handle and eat human excrement.
Both Crystal and Michael Perry have been charged with child abuse with substantial risk of injury. They were scheduled Friday for separate preliminary hearings before Magistrate Danny Mitchell.
In both cases, the defendants decided to waive their hearing, according to information at Magistrate Mitchell’s office. Their bonds remained at $100,000 apiece, and they are being held at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden.
Preliminary hearings before a county magistrate must be conducted within 10 days of a person’s arrest unless that person decides to waive the time limit or waive the hearing. The cases will now go before the McDowell County Grand Jury.
Child abuse with substantial risk of injury carries a possible sentence of one to five years of imprisonment. Under the discretion of the court, the penalty could also be one year in a regional jail.