On 15 Oct 2020 deputies responded to the Sparks/Burkhart residence, 4755 Waterford Road, Marietta, OH, to investigate an unrelated incident.  Approaching the residence, the steps leading to the residence, were broken and unsafe.  Also noted outside the residence was trash scattered around the property and on the porch.  There was half of a sectional couch lying in the front yard.  The smell on the porch area was foul of rotten garbage. 
Joshua Burkhart and Rebecca Sparks exited the residence and spoke with deputies on the front porch.  Burkhart  appeared to be under the influence of drugs as his eyes were glassy, his pupils were dilated, and he could not stop moving. Burkhart continued to talk out of his head. 
The deputies left the residence but were called back to check the welfare of Burkhart and Sparks.  Three children were at the home and present during altercations between Burkhart and Sparks. The children’s clothes, skin and hair were very dirty.
The smell inside the residence/trailer was foul of rotten meat and mildew.  The house was filthy with food crumbs, garbage, and soiled diapers.  Cats were inside the residence and one was urinating on the living room carpet as deputies entered.  The countertops, sink, and stove were cluttered with items and dirty dishes, which contained decaying food.  
Sparks stated she feared for Burkhart hurting the children when he was acting out of his head, with him making statements the children were going to kill him. 
On 17 Oct  2020 Joshua Burkhart sent an email to the Sheriff’s Office which was difficult to follow and did not make any sense.  He stated in the email,  “I will not let myself be harmed without at least getting it out.” 
On 18 Oct 2020 Sgt. McGilton obtained and executed a search warrant at the Sparks/Burkhart residence, as well as an order to remove the children. 
Joshua Eric Burkhart, age 32,  was served with charges –  three counts of M1 endangering children for violating a duty of care, protection, and/or support and one count of F3 endangering children for torturing and cruelly abusing a child.       
Rebecca Dawn Sparks, age 37, will be issued a summons for four counts of endangering children.

On 20 Oct 2020 Deputy Hill met with Andy White, Belpre Township in reference to damage/theft from his pick-up truck.  This case remains under investigation.

On 20 Oct 2020 Deputy Hill began an investigation into identify fraud.  This case remains under investigation at this time.

On 21 Oct 2020 Sgt. McKee met with Jeffrey Holland, D.A.V. Road, in reference to a burglary complaint.  This case remains under investigation.

The following subject(s) were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 21 Oct 2020 and Friday 23 Oct 2020:

Donald Richard Gregor, age 48, 27335 State Route 7, Lot 13, Reno, OH,  trafficking in drugs and tampering with evidence, both felonies.

Donald Monroe Anderson, age 45, 109 Colonial Square, Apt. B, Belpre, OH, aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor, and felonious assault, a felony.

Jennifer Lynn Murrey, age 36, 60 Wynncrest Drive, Marietta, OH, possession of drugs, a felony.

Brandon Michael Hall, age 35, 163 Ross Road, Little Hocking, OH, sex offender/fail to notify change of address, two counts, both felonies.

Zachariah Wayne Beardsley, age 33, 715 Barclay Street, Lot 36, Belpre, OH,  domestic violence, a felony, and probation violation, a misdemeanor.

Michael Allen Smith, age 28, 509 Front Street, Apt. A1, New Matamoras, OH,  parole violation.

Christopher Jerome Long, age 21, Marietta Mills, Apt. 10, Marietta, OH,  probation violation, and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Charles Raymond Miller, age 24, 910 Caywood Road, Marietta, OH, possession of drug abuse instrument, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, contempt of court, s and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

There are currently 25 female inmates and 81 male inmates being housed in the Washington County Jail.