Three Bloomingburg women were arrested and charged with endangering children on Tuesday evening following an investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Fayette County Children’s Services.
According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, deputies responded to a complaint of small children reportedly without adult supervision in the area of Main Street in the Village of Bloomingburg. When deputies arrived, they located a total of five children, ranging in ages from 4 years old to 12 years old, without adult supervision.
“The children identified themselves to deputies and provided their address, allowing deputies to transport them home,” said Stanforth.
The deputies transported the children to a residence at 19 Wayne Street in Bloomingburg and met a representative from Fayette County Children’s Services. The parents of the children were located and they identified their children to deputies.
According to the report, deputies observed trash around the outside of the residence and also detected a foul odor. Further investigation led to a walk-through of the home at 19 Wayne St. by deputies and Children’s Services. Deputies reported unsanitary conditions inside of the residence.
“Due to the conditions found at the residence at 19 Wayne Street and the children being permitted so far away from their homes without adult supervision, Fayette County Children’s Services found placement for the children pending further investigation in the matter,” said Stanforth.
Arrested and charged with endangering children were: Erin Kingsland, 27, 19 Wayne Street, five counts; Julia L. Whited, 32, 19 Wayne Street, three counts; and Devon Sanford, 33, 22 Lincoln Street, three counts.
Kingsland, Whited and Sanford were taken to the Fayette County Jail and incarcerated, pending their appearances in Washington Municipal Court.