Couple Arrested After Police Discover Their Four Daughters Living In Deplorable Conditions

| by Tony Tran

Law enforcement officials arrested a West Virginia couple after they says they discovered the couple’s four children living in filthy conditions.

Joseph Smith, 48, and Anna Riffle, 32, were arrested on Aug. 7 after Masontown police officers conducted a search of the couple’s home. There they found their four girls aged, 17, 13  and 9 and 14 months, living in what they say were deplorable conditions.

According to reports by CBS affiliate WBOY13, the home was “atrocious and had a very strong odor of urine, feces and ammonia.” The floor was reportedly littered with dog feces and urine as well as dirty clothes and spoiled food. Hundreds of insects such as flies and gnats infested the area, reported WBOY13.

In the basement were three dogs living near piles of feces and puddles of urine. Neighbors told police the dogs never got to go outside.

The 9-year-old's and 14-month-old’s clothes were soaked with urine and their hair was matted.

According to neighbors, the 9-year-old girl was the one who took care of the baby, reports The Preston County News & Journal.

Officials also say they discovered marijuana residue in the residence as well as a snorting tube with cocaine residue.

Both Smith and Riffle have been charged with felony child neglect creating risk of injury. A judge set Smith’s bail at $41,000.

Child Protective Services were contacted and the children are now under the agency's care. The animals were also removed by the dog warden and they will be checked by a veterinarian.

Source: WBOY, The Preston County News & Journal / Photo credit: WBOY