Two charged with child concealment
ELKINS — Two Mabie residents are facing felony charges for allegedly fleeing through the woods with a child after an emergency custody order was issued in Randolph County Circuit Court.
Bryant Michael Cummings, 30, and Summer Cheyenne Martin, 25, are each charged with child concealment. Both of their bonds were set at $35,000 cash or property by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Shepler.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Sgt. D.W. Simmons of the West Virginia State Police, on Jan. 10, State Troopers Shahan and Malcomb, alongside WVDHHR CPS, traveled to a Mabie residence in order to execute an emergency custody order that immediately gave custody of a 1-year-old child to the state of West Virginia.
The report states that upon arrival at the residence, a male subject came out of the residence, quickly re-entered the residence and fled on foot. According to the complaint, troopers immediately gave chase but lost contact with the subjects; during the chase, they heard an “unidentified child screaming and crying as the subject or subjects fled through the woods.”
Upon further investigation, according to the complaint, Shahan learned that CPS had previously made contact with Cummings, Martin and the child at the Mabie residence while conducting an unrelated child welfare investigation, later learning of an anonymous CPS referral regarding the welfare of the child; CPS then returned to the residence and found that none of the subjects were present. CPS then sought emergency custody through Randolph County Circuit Court, which was awarded to the state immediately on Jan. 10.
The report goes on to state that Shahan received information from a reliable source who informed him that Bryant and Cummings had been present at the Mabie residence and fled on foot with the child when CPS and State Police arrived.
“The source further stated that the Summer Martin became separated from Bryant Cummings who held (the child) as they fled,” states the report. “Summer Martin later utilized a nearby residence to call for a ride from the area.” The report states that the anonymous source then gave Shahan information regarding Cummings’s vehicle.