Elkins man pleads to child abuse charge

ELKINS – An Elkins man pleaded guilty to a child abuse charge Friday in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Daniel Clifford Moore, 27, was indicted on three felony counts of child abuse resulting in bodily injury on Feb. 25. On Friday he pleaded guilty to one felony count of child abuse resulting in bodily injury.

As part of the plea agreement, the state agreed to dismiss the other two counts of the indictment.

Randolph Count Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said a sentencing hearing has been set but the time and date were unavailable as of presstime.

Police received a report on Nov. 14 from the state Department of Health and Human Resources indicating Moore had physically abused a 4-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint.

The report indicated the alleged victim had gone to school with visible bruises and injuries to her face and neck area on Nov. 4, according to the criminal complaint.

The report further claimed the alleged victim sustained numerous physical injuries as a result of abuse by Moore.

According to the report, the alleged victim “stated that (Moore) hit her.” In the report the bruise on the alleged victim’s left cheek is described as “dark purple with pulled blood to the bottom the size of an orange and starting from under the cheek and up towards the middle of the cheek,” according to the criminal complaint.

The report also states the alleged victim “indicated to school staff that (Moore) had bit her,” the complaint reads.

The report was accompanied by photographs of the injuries, which indicated an open abrasion near the alleged victim’s left eye, the complaint states.

State Police officials obtained a copy of the emergency physician record form from Davis Memorial Hospital, which includes details of a medical evaluation of the alleged victim conducted on Nov. 5. The evaluation indicated the alleged victim was asked about the bruise on her cheek. She responded by making a fist and showing it hit her cheek, according to the complaint.

The alleged victim also stated her hair had been pulled and indicated the marks on her neck were caused by choking, the complaint states.

During the medical evaluation, the alleged victim, for the third time, identified Moore as the person who hurt her, according to the complaint.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court Friday:

  • The trial of Ashley Dawn Simms, 29, of Elkins, was continued. Simms was indicted on two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.