Parkersburg couple accused of abandoning young boy on neighbor's steps

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg couple is facing felony child-neglect charges after police say the woman’s young son was abandoned at a neighbor's house Sunday afternoon.

Parkersburg Police arrested 32-year-old Britney Willis and 57-year-old Sylvester Thomasson after the 7-year-old boy was left unattended and unsupervised on the steps of a neighbor’s home on 13th Street.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Thomasson dropped the boy off and told him they were going to the store and not to leave.

The complaint says Willis and Thomasson then left town, leaving the boy alone with no clothing besides what he was wearing at the time.

Police say Willis came back to town Monday but made no effort to find her son or check on him.

She told officers it was Thomasson's idea to leave the boy. However, she said she did not feel like she was fit to keep him.

The complaint says the area where the boy was left is a high-crime and high-drug area near a “very busy intersection.”

The boy is in the care of West Virginia Child Protective Services.

Willis and Thomasson are both charged with felony child neglect with the risk of injury or death.

Their bond was set at $15,000 each, and they remain in the North Central Regional Jail.