Animal complaint leads to child endangerment charges

Special to the Enterprise

BELLAIRE — A complaint to the Belmont Animal Rescue League (BCARL) led to alleged child endangerment discovery, and a house being condemned, on June 11.

According to the Bellaire Police Department, when BCARL first arrived at the Franklin Street home, agents could smell a strong odor from inside the house, outside on the sidewalk.

Authorities reportedly found trash and feces on the floor, and condemned the house, as a result.

Belmont County Children’s Services removed six children and several animals were taken from the house including 12 cats, five dogs, several fish and one python snake.

The children range in age from 3 to 15.

The mother Amanda Nagy, and her boyfriend Chris Goldsmith, were taken into custody.

Nagy was charged on 12 counts including eight child endangerment charges and 4 cruelty to animals charges.

Goldsmith was charged on 13 counts including 9 child endangerment charges and 4 cruelty to animals charges.

Additional charges against other people of interest in the case include: The grandmother, April Hopkins, the grandfather, Dominic Hopkins, a babysitter, Herce Brown, and Tiffany Hughes, a neighbor who allegedly let the suspects at the Franklin Street house, babysit her children.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.