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Man facing abuse charge

October 20, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins man accused of injuring a two-month-old baby was arrested Friday.

Police charged Earl Casey Woods, 21, with one felony count of child abuse causing injury in the wake of an Oct. 3 domestic incident during which Woods allegedly broke two of the infant's ribs.

As of presstime Friday, Woods remained in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

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According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, on Oct. 3, Deputy D.L. VanMeter with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department and Senior Trooper J.R. Wince with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to a domestic incident at the Aero Club Trailer Park on Country Club Road. When they arrived on scene, officers heard a baby screaming and a neighbor told them it sounded like someone inside the residence was hitting the infant, the complaint stated.

When police entered the residence, the infant's mother reportedly told police she and Woods had been arguing, but he hadn't physically harmed her. Officers allegedly saw Woods in a back bedroom attempting to calm an infant down and asked Woods why the child was upset. When police asked Woods if he struck the infant he said he would not do that, VanMeter reported in the complaint.

Woods allegedly told police the infant was crying because he was suffering from colic. Wince reportedly attempted to comfort the infant, but was unsuccessful, VanMeter's report said. The officers advised Murin to take the child to the hospital for medical evaluation, and she said she would, according to the complaint. VanMeter contacted Child Protective Services to report the incident.

On Oct. 10, Deputy B.T. Sharp informed VanMeter that he had interviewed Woods, who provided law enforcement with a written statement in which he admitted that during the Oct. 3 argument he had "picked up the child a little too hard."

VanMeter also learned that Davis Memorial Hospital made a referral to CPS Oct. 3 after discovering that the infant had two broken ribs and bruising on his left rib area, back and left leg. According to VanMeter's report, the child was admitted to the hospital for further evaluation.



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