Randolph County woman faces child neglect charge
ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly leaving a 3-year-old in her care inside her vehicle for nearly an hour while she was in a local store.
Daisy Mae Shupp, 28, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of child neglect creating risk of injury. Shupp is free on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Saturday, Patrolmen D.T. Sayre, W.D. Butcher and K.A. Shiflett, all of the Elkins Police Department, responded to the parking lot of Kroger’s in Elkins regarding a call about a child being locked inside a vehicle alone.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered a black Toyota with a male juvenile in a car seat in the back seat.
Sayre spoke with store employees and requested the owner of the vehicle be paged to meet officers outside.
While officers were waiting, Shupp exited the store and “appeared to be laughing” as she approached law enforcement officials, the complaint states.
Sayre explained to Shupp they were there because she left the child unattended in a locked vehicle in the parking lot.
Shupp said she had “forgotten” the child in the back seat and was “only in the store for a few seconds.”
According to the report, Sayre obtained and viewed surveillance footage from the store that shows Shupp enter the parking lot at 6:11 p.m. Sayre received the call regarding the child at 6:37 p.m. and officers made contact with Shupp at 6:50 to unlock the car.
The child was deemed to be safe and taken into control of a family member, the complaint states.
If convicted, Shupp could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in the state penitentiary, fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000, or both.