Woman facing abuse charges

A Valley Head woman arrested for child abuse Monday is free on bond.

Crystal Lee Bennett, 29, was charged with child abuse resulting in risk of injury after she allegedly took medication prescribed to one of her two children and exposed both to other narcotics she obtained illegally.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, at 10 a.m. on April 9, Trooper D.T. Stallings with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police was dispatched to a residence near Conley Run Road in Valley Head. Stallings, the investigating officer, arrived at the residence for the purpose of investigating a petit larceny complaint, the report states.

Once at the residence, Stallings interviewed Bennett relative to the petit larceny complaint, and during the interview Bennett allegedly told Stallings that she’d ingested her daughter’s medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, the prior evening, April 8.

In a written statement, Bennett said that on April 8, she’d been drinking alcohol in the basement of the residence with two men while her two children remained upstairs, the complaint states.

Downstairs, the two men got into a verbal argument. Bennett attempted to break up the argument, but was unable to do so. She told Stallings she consequently became upset and went upstairs into her bedroom, where she allegedly took a “handful” of Vyvanse 70 mg capsules, a schedule II controlled narcotic used to treat ADHD, the complaint states.

“(Bennett) was unable to advise this officer of an exact number of pills which she consumed,” Stallings wrote in the report. “(She) additionally advised …she passed out on her bed after taking the above noted medication, and awoke the next morning.”

Stallings subsequently conducted a search of the residence and allegedly found a “silver, metallic, smoking device” covered with residue that smelled of burned marijuana. The officer also allegedly discovered a purple plastic grinder containing a white powdery residue next to two 3-inch-long plastic straws. When Stallings showed Bennett the grinder and straws, she allegedly admitted to using the grinder to grind up Percocet and Xanax pills for which she had no valid prescription, the complaint states.

As of April 15, Bennett no longer retained custody of her children, according to Stallings’ report. Bond was set at $35,000 cash, property or surety; Bennett made bond Monday.

The penalty for a conviction of child abuse resulting in risk of injury is a fine of up to $3,000 and confinement in the state penitentiary for one to five years.

Contact Katie Kuba by email at kkuba@theintermountain.com.