Bond reduced in child’s death case

Barbour County Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats reduced the bond of a Belington woman charged in the death of her infant daughter Wednesday, but ordered that she have no contact with children while the case proceeds.

Ida Lee Evans, 31, of 99 Hatfield Drive, is alleged to have fed methodone to her child on multiple occasions. Evans asked that her $100,000 cash-only bond be reduced. Moats reduced the bond to $25,000 and ordered that she be placed on home confinement.

Before she can be released, however, Moats asked to see a plan for Evans’ living arrangements after Evans said she would be staying with a relative in an apartment complex where children may reside.

A co-defendant, David Lee Delauder, the father of the deceased child, faces the same felony charge. He last appeared in court in May when his $100,000 bond was changed from a cash-only bond to a surety bond, Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling said.

According to criminal complaints in the Barbour County Magistrate Clerk’s office, on March 13, Cpl. A.S. Loudin with the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children unit was dispatched to Davis Memorial Hospital, where the couple’s child was taken after she died.

On May 1, Loudin received a copy of the death certificate, which indicated that the child had died from methadone intoxication. A toxicology report revealed traces of methadone in the child’s hair. Those traces mean that the child had ingested methadone prior to the March 12 incident – perhaps on several different occasions – Loudin wrote in the report.

  • Also appearing in Barbour County Circuit Court Wednesday were Larry Brian Talkington, 49, and Regina Lee Talkington, 40, both of Huntington, who were wanted in connection with an alleged October 2012 arson.

The couple failed to appear for an arraignment in May and were later extradited from Ohio. They said they had moved to Ohio and were unaware of their indictment. Their $5,000 bonds, which had been revoked when they did not appear in May, were reinstated Wednesday.

Larry Talkington faces felony charges of first-degree arson, grand larceny, burglary and conspiracy. Regina Talkington faces related charges of grand larceny, burglary and conspiracy.

Poling said the defendants were found by tracking a cellular phone. Larry Talkington’s lawyer, Roger Curry of Fairmont, said he did not believe his client was trying to escape.

“If this was an attempt to flee, it was rather unskillfully executed,” Curry said.

Regina Lee Talkington was represented by attorney Chaelyn Casteel of Kingwood.

Moats changed the bonds to partial cash and partial personal recognizance. Ten percent must be paid using cash, and the remaining amount will be personal recognizance. The couple also was ordered to remain in the state.