By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – A Williamson man has been arrested for several incidents of child neglect.
On one occasion, Robert A. Barnette, 48, reportedly punched a wall with his fist out of anger, leaving an impression of his fist in the sheet rock. He then pushed his 12-year-old daughter so hard her whole shoulder and head hit the wall, according to the arrest report. Barnette allegedly admitted he pushed his daughter out of anger.
Barnette said he did this because his daughter pushed her brother down on the sidewalk resulting in him cutting his head, according to the report.
The defendant neglected his children in the past by placing them in a home with a known registered sex offender as early as 2012, the report states. This sex offender, Vernon Eugene Hambrick aka “June Bug,” is currently charged with sexually abusing and sexually assaulting one of the defendant’s children on multiple occasions, according to police records.
Past reports of abuse include an incident in which Barnette allegedly struck his daughter with a belt for not moving quickly enough and also striking both sons on separate occasions.
On another occasion, the defendant allegedly became drunk and angry with his daughter, then made her raise her arms above her head and punched her with his fists in the stomach and mouth. When his daughter flinched from the pain, Barnette reportedly made her raise her arms a second time and punched her in the stomach and slapped her face. He then struck her several more times with a belt.
The defendant allegedly told his children if they cried, they would be whipped or beaten again.
On May 14, the defendant allegedly admitted to taking his daughter to Mexico and forcing her to get an abortion when she was 13 weeks pregnant with the intent of destroying possible evidence of a sexual crime.
In connection with another incident, a Delbarton couple has recently been arrested for conspiring to deliver heroin to another individual in Mingo County.
Miranda Faye Ooten, 31, and Julian Ray Ooten were both arrested on charges of conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance.
Reportedly, the defendants worked together to deliver heroin (a Schedule I controlled substance) to a consenting individual working with members of the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force.
The charges the Ootens face could cost them as much as 15 years in prison, along with a fine, according to police reports.
Two men reportedly broke into a North Matewan residence last Friday and stole several items, including a laptop, flat screen TV, X-Box game system and collector’s change.
According to reports, Vincent Tyrone Scales and Christopher James Risinger were arrested after breaking into the home of Ray and Sarah Rife, who were not home at the time of the break-in.
The incident occurred late Friday or early Saturday.
Wayne Raymond Adkins, 37, of Delbarton, was arrested for driving his 2006 Yamaha Banshee ATV on Ruth Trace Road in a reckless manner.
The defendant was traveling in a police officer’s lane of traffic, almost causing a head-on collision, according to an arrest report. Deputy Thomas of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, gave the defendant a field sobriety test, which he failed. Allegedly n the defendant’s possession was a container filled with white powder which was later determined to be Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
Susan Rollins, 50, was arrested for a probation violation. However, upon arrest, it allegedly was discovered that the accused was living at another address at Williamson Towers and had failed to updateher address on the West Virginia Sex Offender Registry within the allotted time.