Charges dismissed in neglect case

Charges have been dismissed against an Elkins man who was recently arrested for allegedly forcing his children – ages 4 and 6 – to smoke marijuana with a makeshift bong-like device, according to information from the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Timothy Wayne Hedrick, 28, was charged with one felony count of child neglect creating risk of injury after a concerned Child Protective Services worker contacted the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and an investigation of Hedrick’s residence ensued.

On Tuesday, however, the charge was dismissed without prejudice when urinalysis tests performed on the alleged victims – the two children – yielded negative results for marijuana usage, Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said Wednesday.

“A hair sample (for drug testing) has been taken (from the children) and is pending testing, and the state is continuing its investigation but wants to obtain the results of the hair test before proceeding,” Parker said via telephone Wednesday.

When a charge is dismissed without prejudice, that indicates it can be brought back up in court.

In a motion to dismiss the charge, Assistant Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shryock noted, “Measures are in place to protect alleged victims. The state continues its investigation.”

Attorney Dwight Hall is Hedrick’s attorney.

According to previous reports, Deputy D.L. VanMeter was contacted by a state Child Protective Services worker, who advised him of an investigation regarding a 6-year-old boy who had been nonresponsive at Third Ward Elementary School twice this past school year, once resulting in an ambulance being called to the school.

The CPS worker also advised VanMeter the child said he smoked marijuana with his father – Hedrick – along with another adult family member and his four-year-old sister, at Hedrick’s volition, according to the police report.

During a search of the Hedrick residence, an apartment located at the former Four Seasons Motel on Harrison Avenue, officials found drug paraphernalia, including a homemade bong containing residue, a tuder (a street slang term for a device used to snort substances) containing white residue, and an empty Hydrocodone prescription bottle, the report states.

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