Couple charged for alleged child beatings

A Dailey couple was arrested Wednesday for an incident in which their two grade-school-age children were allegedly beaten with a metal pipe.

Raymond James Kale, Jr., 27, was charged with two felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury, child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury. Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon set bond for Kale at $250,000 cash only.

Loren J. Garcia, 31, was charged with one felony count of child neglect resulting in injury, child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury, and one count of child abuse resulting in injury, child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury. Elbon set bond for Garcia at $100,000 cash only.

Kale is accused of beating his 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, according to the criminal complaint in Randolph County Magistrate Court, prepared by Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener of the West Virginia State Police.

Hevener wrote that he and a Child Protective Services employee met with the son at his school on Tuesday. Hevener observed multiple bruises on the boy’s body: a wound on his back was consistent with a straight line from a wound on his arm; a wound on his left leg was greenish-yellow in color; and his entire right buttock was discolored black and blue, according to the complaint.

The boy reportedly told Hevener his father, Kale, had struck him with a metal pipe and a belt about 80 times on Saturday, and threw the pipe at him at one point, leaving a circular bruise with broken skin. The son allegedly said his father struck him about 10 times with the pipe, and then the boy tried to run away, but his mother, Garcia, grabbed him and held him; Kale then hit him with the pipe about 70 more times, the complaint states.

Later Tuesday, Hevener and the Child Protective Services employee spoke with the daughter, according to the complaint. She said her father also struck her on Saturday, and that she received about 100 “whacks” from the metal pipe. Hevener wrote that the daughter had yellowish bruising on her buttocks and leg.

Within hours, Hevener obtained a search warrant for the home of Kale and Garcia. While searching the residence, Hevener found a black metal pipe about one inch in diameter and about two feet long “that was an extra piece to a shower organizer,” according to the complaint.

On Tuesday evening, Hevener spoke with Kale at the Elkins detachment of the State Police. In a recorded interview, Kale reportedly said he had struck the children with a pipe to discipline them after Garcia said they had been bad. Kale said the son had acted improperly in front of company in their home, and that he had hit the daughter with the pipe because she had wet her bed, according to the complaint.

Hevener wrote that Garcia declined to speak with him about the incident.

Kale and Garcia were being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.