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Two Charged In Separate Marshall County Child Neglect Cases

Two men were both charged with driving under the influence of drugs with children in their vehicles in unrelated cases late last month.

On May 19, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident on Ridge Road around 10:40 p.m. There, they encountered Travis Ross, 42 of Dallas, West Virginia, unconscious and holding a pen knife in the passenger seat. When roused, deputies said Ross appeared very confused, his pupils constricted and his speech slow and slurred. When questioned, Ross allegedly admitted to being the driver.

At the scene, a witness approached deputies and said Ross had demanded he “take his child and drive him somewhere” as he approached, adding that he was a total stranger to Ross. Officers say evidence suggests Ross crossed the centerline of the road for unknown reasons and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. Ross was taken to Wheeling Hospital for treatment.

Ross’ father was contacted by police and confirmed that he, instead, had come looking for his son and 5-year-old grandchild when they did not come home, finding them wrecked on the side of the road. Ross’ father said the child was uninjured while his son appeared to be under the influence. He allegedly told police that Ross is on Methadone. The truck Ross was driving belonged to his father, and was towed away due to the damage.

At the hospital, Ross still appeared to be under the influence, according to court records. Medical records indicate that Ross was allegedly under the influence of amphetamine, Fentanyl, and Methadone. He was apparently uninjured in the crash.

Ross was charged with child neglect and two counts of driving under the influence. He remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

On May 29, Moundsville police stopped an erratic driver passing through town. In the car, Travis Postlethwait, 40 of Glen Easton, was behind the wheel, with his 7-year-old son in the back. Postlethwait appeared impaired, with tremors, constricted pupils, and watery, bloodshot eyes, according to police.

Postlethwait allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test, and was taken into custody. Later, he allegedly admitted to having taken Xanax and heroin earlier in the day. The child was taken by a family member.

Postlethwait had previously pleaded guilty to DUI in Marion County in 2013. He was charged with DUI second offense and gross child neglect. He posted $6,500 bond, and his preliminary hearing is today before magistrate Mark Kerwood.

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