Elkins woman charged with child neglect


ELKINS — An Elkins woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly being under the influence when a juvenile in her care left the home.

Martha Monique English, 48, is charged with one felony count of child neglect creating risk of injury. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Dec, 22, Elkins Police Department Senior Patrolman C.G. Boatwright received a report at the Elkins Police Department of a 13-year-old being dropped off.

The juvenile told Boatwright she had left home when it was “still daylight,” because English was “drunk and cussing her.” She added she was just trying to get away from English but then “got scared” and knew the police department was a safe place to go, the complaint states.

Boatwright described the juvenile as very cold, shivering, having purple cheeks and red hands, due to the outdoor temperature being 30 degrees, police said. Boatwright, Senior Patrolman D.T. Sayre, Patrolman R.A. Summerfield and a representative from Child Protective Services went to English’s residence and found her standing outside.

English had a “very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot and glassy eyes, and was slightly slurring her words,” the complaint states.

She told police the juvenile had “taken off” and she hadn’t seen her since approximately 7 p.m., police said. When asked to provide a breath sample, English told officers she would because she “felt normal and was not intoxicated.”

Her blood-alcohol content was .137 and Boatwright told her the juvenile had been in his custody for roughly one hour, according to the complaint.

Officers asked why English hadn’t reported the child missing and she said she had been trying to locate her and said “I don’t care enough to call 911.” She added “I planned on calling to get rid of this problem a few days ago,” according to court documents.

If convicted, English could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in prison, fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000, or both.