New details have surfaced in a child death investigation in Braxton County, West Virginia. A child's body was found decomposing in his home, his mother is now charged with felony child neglect.
Initially, many questions were left unanswered because the information wasn't yet available but after meeting with the law enforcement agency handling this case, we know much more about that 8-year-old boy including why a hospice worker was stopping by in the first place. We learned that this isn't, the boy's mother, Valarie Brown's first run in with the law and we know more on the whereabouts of a second child living in that Sutton, West Virginia home.
Baylous says he hopes this story serves as a call to action for the citizens of West Virginia. He hopes that when anyone sees, hears or even has the slightest inkling that a youth might be in danger, they call authorities immediately.
A routine child welfare check at a home in Braxton County leads to a ghastly discovery.
West Virginia State Police accompanied a hospice worker to a home on the 100 block of Salt Lick Rd in Sutton, WV Wednesday night.
A Braxton County, WV woman is facing felony child neglect charges after police found her son dead in their home.
On June 7, police escorted a Hospice employee to conduct a juvenile welfare check. They found Valarie Brown on the front porch of her home on Salt Lick Road.
After being informed that they were there to check on her son, Brown told them he wasn't home. When asked if they could look inside the home Brown consented, according to the criminal complaint.
Brown stated, "Please don't hurt [the boy]," as the Hospice employee entered the home. Inside the home, the officer and the Hospice worker discovered the boy's body wrapped in a blanket.
According to police, the body had begun to decompose and they believe the boy had been dead for several days.