WILLIAMSON – A Gilbert man charged with biting a child was arrested Wednesday by state police.
At about 6:30 p.m., Senior Trooper J. D. Matheny of the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, responded to the Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital in reference to a 10-month-old child who had been bitten several times.
During the course of the investigation, Matheny developed probable cause to arrest the child’s stepfather, Bobby Lee Thomas, 20, of Gilbert. It is believed that Mr. Thomas bit the child in an attempt to keep him from crying, the trooper said.
The criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court indiates the child was bitten four times; on the left knee, the left elbow, the right hand and the big toe. The officer notes there was severe bruising on the knee, hand and elbow, consistent with a bite mark.
According to the complaint, Mr. Thomas admitted to the officer he inflicted the injuries to the child after being advised of his Miranda Rights.
Thomas was arrested and charged with the felony offense of child abuse by a parent resulting in injury. He was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and his bond was set at $30,000 cash.
If convicted, Thomas could face a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $100,000 and prison time of not less than one nor more than five years, or in the discretion of the court, be confined in the county or regional jail for not more than one year.