Woman charged with kidnapping
A second person has been arraigned on kidnapping charges in connection with an alleged abduction that reportedly took place in September 2012.
Corcia Smith, also known as Corcia Ramey, 33, of Elkins, was charged with abduction of a person, kidnapping or concealing a child, a felony, Wednesday via video consent from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Magistrate Ben Shepler set Smith’s bond at $50,000 cash or surety Wednesday.
Smith has been incarcerated since Oct. 3, 2012, on burglary charges stemming from a separate incident.
James E. Cornett, 19, of Elkins, was arrested Jan. 22 on kidnapping charges for allegedly offering two females under the age of 13 $20 to pretend to be Smith’s children so Smith could obtain money under false pretenses from a man, Jimmy Tincher, according to a previous report.
Cornett remains incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash, property or surety bond.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, Sgt. S.R. Judy with the Elkins Police Department was dispatched to an area near the Central Towers Apartments at about 7:15 p.m. Sept. 23.
The female juveniles’ parents reportedly told Judy that the two girls, who are friends, were walking to one of their houses to stay the night when they were allegedly approached by Cornett, who is a cousin of one of the girls.
Cornett allegedly asked the two girls to pretend to be Smith’s daughters and convinced them to accompany him into Central Towers Apartment 208, the complaint states.
One of the minors refused to cooperate and left; however, the other girl told authorities she was scared to leave.
The girl who remained in the apartment told police that Smith “watched her get undressed” and “did her hair and put makeup on her,” according to the complaint. Smith allegedly gave the girl two different outfits to wear, put jewelry on her and then gave her “an unknown pill which (the minor) said made her dizzy.”
The minor said Smith wanted her to pretend to be her daughter because “(Smith) needed to convince Jimmy Tincher she had a daughter,” according to the complaint.
“(Smith) has received money from Jimmy Tincher with the understanding that Jimmy was providing for the child,” Judy wrote in the report. “However, (Smith) does not have a child in her custody. This appears to be a fraudulent scheme in which (Smith) is obtaining money from Jimmy Tincher under false pretenses.”
The youth who refused to cooperate with Cornett and Smith gave a statement saying she saw Smith and her friend climb into a Tinchers Towing Service truck; the friend told police that Tincher took her and Smith to Wendy’s to get something to eat and then brought them back to Central Towers.
Smith allegedly told the girl who went to Wendy’s that she would give her $20 after school in return for pretending to be her daughter.
The penalty for a conviction of abduction of a person, kidnapping or concealing a child is imprisonment for one to 10 years in the state penitentiary.
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