By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Four individuals were arrested by the West Virginia State Police and the Williamson Police Department after officers were dispatched to the scene of a disturbance which also resulted in drug charges.
According to the criminal complaints filed by state Trooper D.M. Williamson, he and Williamson Patrolman J. Tincher responded to the Williamson Terrrace Apartments, where a domestic disturbance had been reported.
Upon arrival, the officers said they spoke with Bell Blevins and Derek Blevins, who were identified as the victims of this crime. The complaint stated thatMatthew Jacob Kennedy, 23, of Accoville, Memena Marcum, 18, and Christopher Likens, 21, both of Logan, had gotten in a physical altercation inside their residence before the fight was taken outside. After asking her son to come back inside the apartment, Bell was threatened with bodily harm by the three defendants, police said. When Derek attempted to intervene on his mother’s behalf, the three individuals began fighting with him again, according to the complaint.
The officers said they entered the residence and found it to be in disarray, and discovered a 17-month-old inside who had been left unattended. Police said they also found seven plastic baggies containing a white substance believed to be cocaine while speaking with the defendants, who allegedly appeared to be extremely intoxicated.
The mother of the child, Dmekka Meade, 21, of Delbarton, was also inside the apartment and was administered a field sobriety test, which she failed to complete, according to police. The child was inside the residence when the altercation began and there was broken glass, furniture and other items scattered on the floor, which could have easily caused an injury to the child, the complaint states.
Kennedy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, assault, battery, child neglect, obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Marcum faces charges of assault, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, child neglect, obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Likens was taken into custody on charges of assault, battery, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, child neglect, battery on an officer, obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The mother of the child was charged with child neglect and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
All four defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and were released from custody after meeting the requirements and stipulations of their bonds.