Ralph B. DavisHeartland News Service
August 22, 2012
WILLIAMSON — Parents of a teen that had been ordered through the Mingo County judicial system to report to a juvenile detention center for reasons of truancy and marijuana abuse problems were arrested by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper T.G. Kania III on felony charges of child concealment.
According to the criminal complaints, James Spurlock, 42, and his wife Mary, 33, of Rt. 1, Williamson, had allegedly filed a fraudulent missing juvenile report at the WVSP Williamson Detachment in January of this year, saying that the teen had fled their home while he and his wife were away to avoid incarceration, after being informed of the judge’s decision to commit him to a correctional facility for minors.
A capias was also issued at that time for the juvenile by a Mingo County Probation officer for failure to appear for his court hearing regarding the truancy and drug abuse.
After several months of investigation into the case of the missing teen, information was obtained by Trooper Kania alleging that the parents had arranged for their son to stay with relatives in another state to avoid his sentencing to a juvenile detention center, which directly and knowingly violated the court order.
When questioned, James Spurlock is said to have told the trooper that “he had to do what he had to do to protect his son.”
The Spurlocks were arraigned before Mingo County Special Magistrate Joey Kohari and were each issued bail in the amount of $5,000. They were transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden and were later released after meeting conditions of their bond.