Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Child Duct Taped in Abuse Case

(Charleston, West Virginia) A 24-year-old local mother, Jessica McClure, was arrested by Charleston Police officers on felony child neglect charges for subjecting her two-year-old son to deplorable living conditions.

McClure was booked into custody at the South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $100,000.
Police ended up arresting McClure, the boy's mother, on a felony child neglect creating risk of injury charge after police found animal feces and garbage strewn all over the residence, including in the boy's room and on his bed, according to McClure's criminal complaint, which was filed Saturday.

McClure also told police she had forced the boy to sleep strapped in a child's vehicle safety car seat on the floor of their home on numerous occasions because there was not enough room for him on the mattress or couches occupied by her and adult visitors, according to the complaint.

Charleston officers searched the residence and found the conditions to be "unfit for any child to inhabit," according to the complaint.
Meanwhile, after McClure left the house, she had two friends, James Ryan Usher, 18, and Della Jackson, 26, watch her son.
Usher and Jackson allegedly decided to duct-tape the child. Usher allegedly taped the boy's ankles together, taped his arms to his body by taping his wrists and wrapping the tape around the torso of the boy and taped his mouth shut, according to the complaint.

Usher and Jackson then took a picture of the boy on a digital camera, according to the complaint. The picture was found by another person, who reported the abuse to police.
Usher and Jackson were arrested and booked into custody at the South Central Regional Jail. Bond for each has been set at $100,000.

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