WESTON, W. Va. – A woman was arrested Thursday after she was found impaired and her kids covered in paint.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Crystal Mae Riffle, 28, and charged her with child neglect creating risk of injury.

Deputy Judd Holcomb was dispatched to Riffle’s home on a welfare check after receiving information about two young children who appeared to be unattended at the residence. Upon arrival two children under the age of 5 were playing in the yard on a trampoline while covered in green house paint.

A trail of the paint leading from the children to the wooden porch of the home, the front door and then a couch inside the home lead the officer to Riffle, who appeared to be impaired as she was unable to walk and spoke with slurred speech, according to a court filing.

The children had apparently got into the paint while Riffle was passed out.

Riffle claimed the impaired state was due to migraine medication and two Benadryl she had recently taken. However, after consenting to a blood draw at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, it was determined Riffle was under the influence of Klonopin, a benzodiazepine type of schedule IV controlled substance.

She did not have a prescription for the medication, used largely to treat epilepsy and panic disorders.

Riffle is being held in Central Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

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Comments

  • Sam

    Lead is not the past tense of lead. I see this mistake more and more often.

  • IRON HORSE

    Good home yes far & few!! foster care yes not 100% ok yes 95% do it for the money!!
    but one thing is for sure this baby machine does not deserve to have them returned to her because of her dead beat life style!!

  • Roger

    Some so called parents are worse than animals. At least an animal will keep an eye on their young, or if she needs to sleep, you bet the babies are right next to her....Typical dope head!

  • IRON HORSE

    Take the kids now!!!! place them in a good home with people who want children. if she gets them back next time when you find them they could be dead!! she has proven the children mean nothing or she wouldn't be taking drugs!!!!

    • Diaspora

      Unfortunately, they will be much worse off in the foster care system, where, as is often the case, they will be taken for the income they produce as a result of the foster care stipend to the foster parents. It would be more effective to try to work on the mother than the children. However, as Dave commented below, they will be facing a life of problems, either way.

      • Mike

        Diaspora, You have no clue what you are talking about. There is no way that you can lump all foster parents as money hungry. I know many foster parents that have give wonderful homes to many children. Maybe you are talking about yourself. Maybe you are being supported by the government and have no life. So that is the way you think everyone lives. I better let you go,the mailman is bringing you your food card and free phone. Grow up and get a life. Doubt you will,that would mean you would have to find a job.

    • Dave

      Good home? Where are they? No one wants those kids when they are going to have issues their whole life. (SADLY)

  • fed up

    Just another example of why the state should require mandatory drug testing for Welfare recipients...

    • Diaspora

      Certainly, but you will need to include Social Security, military, postal and all federal pensions in that mix.

      • Mike

        You must include yourself,that would be the idiot group. You would fail a blood test.

    • Jason412

      Where does it say she is a welfare recipient? A "welfare check" has nothing to do with government assistance.

      • fed up

        $10 to your favorite charity if she is not a welfare recipient.....how do you get that a welfare check is not government assistance..where does that money come from?? the government...

        • fed up

          just realized that the welfare check that is mentioned in the story is when the DHHR comes to house and checks on the welfare of the kids...still, $10 to your favorite charity if she is not receiving government assistance-welfare checks...medicaid, food stamps, etc....

        • Dave

          She doesn't need the money from welfare when she's making it buying and selling drugs.

          • fed up

            The drug klonopin used to be known as the West Virginia valium, because at some point, WV medicaid did not pay for valium, so klonopin was prescribed in it's place....doesn't cost anything if you have a medical card

  • DWL

    Yet another POS identified. When with the government require licenses for child birth. It's the one thing they should require a license for.

    • Diaspora

      Can't do that. Just think of the moral dilemma that would cause. It is simply a form of population control.

      Let's face it, we have always had the poor, we now have the poor, and there will always be the poor. Child neglect is nothing new and has taken place at some level through the ages. When the poor used their children for labor no one saw the day to day neglect, only the tattered and beaten little laborers. But that is perceived of somehow more noble than the child of modern poverty. We will have to learn to deal with it the best we can. Our taxpayers certainly are not going provide the additional funding needed to improve the system. The reality is most churches with the financial capacity to make a difference spend their mission money overseas (domestic mission work is not glam). There is just not a good answer.