The family of Amanda Hatifield has reached out to 13 News. They say Hatfield is depressed, and that her father passed away recently. They believe that has contributed to the state of mind she is in.
They said the person she is now is not the person she is normally.
Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.
Amanda Hatfield was separated from her four children after being charged with four counts of child neglect creating risk of injury. Troopers with the West Virginia State Police said her mobile home in Ona is unfit for her and her children to live inside of.
She was quoted in her criminal complaint as saying, "I've lived here for a year, and my kids will not listen to me when throwing away their trash. What can I do to correct that?"
We went inside of that trailer Monday evening. The smell was so overwhelming that I got sick. Conditions inside the trailer by any standards are unlivable. The children's paternal grandmother said Monday, "She should be [facing charges]. Those children were in danger. They weren't fed, they were sick, they were unclean."
Hatfield and her children, all 8-years-old and younger, were living there. Inside of the filthy, bug infested mobile home.
Hale said, "You walk in, there's this god awful odor. There is trash everywhere. In the kitchen, there is food matted to the floor that is rotting. None of the kids have sheets. None of their pillows have pillow cases."
Beyond the stench of rotting meat and trash, our crew found bugs, crawling over toys, soiled clothing, plates of food, and empty prescription pill bottles, with no lids that were easily within an arm's reach of a child.
Hale said she called Child Protective Services, along with other family members and neighbors. Now that steps have been taken to criminally charge Hatfield, this family wants the children to know one thing.
"That this is not a way of life that they have to do. They can do better," she said.
The children are living with another family member while their father is fighting to get custody. That's an ongoing legal battle. In the meantime, Hatfield will have her preliminary hearing on these charges on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
For now, she's being housed in Western Regional Jail.