Harvey couple make initial appearances in drug, child neglect case

FESSENDEN, N.D. – A Harvey couple facing a series of drug and child neglect charges made their initial court appearances in Wells County Wednesday.

Police arrested 37-year-old Stephen Kelly and 30-year-old Mallory Schaeffer late last month, following an investigation into a drug conspiracy ring.

Investigators found the couple’s three young children in unlivable conditions. The children were reportedly covered in dirt, and one child had tested positive for marijuana at birth.

The couple, who remain in custody in Rugby, will next appear for their preliminary hearings and arraignments, though the courts have not scheduled those yet.