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Mother gets probation in abuse case

Jessica & William Meyer

Jessica & William Meyer

KINGMAN - A 26-year-old mother of three kids under the age of 4 with another on the way pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse Tuesday.

Jessica Mae Meyer will receive three years probation under terms of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.

She originally faced three counts of child abuse, one for each of her children - 3-year-old twins and a 2-year-old - after police executed a search warrant at the family's home on Suffock Avenue May 26.

Meyer's husband, 26-year-old William Michael Meyer, is still charged with three counts of child abuse.

The search warrant was issued after police received information about possible child pornography on the family's computer. During Jessica's hearing Tuesday before Judge Steven Conn, Prosecutor Greg McPhillips said that once inside the home, police officers were so overwhelmed by the smell that they had to take breaks while conducting their search.

Officers reported finding the home in "deplorable condition," including a bathroom filled with feces and dirty clothes and a kitchen with no food but moldy pots and pans on the stovetop.

The children didn't have a bed and instead were sleeping on a living room couch. Police also found a loaded revolver in an unlocked bedroom, making it accessible to the toddlers. The family's computer was seized for forensic testing. Charges relating to alleged child pornography are pending the results of that testing. Child Protective Services removed the children, although it is not clear if they have been returned. William Meyer has a hearing on his charges next week.

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