WESTON, W.Va. – A Lewis County man is facing child abuse, child neglect and battery charges following a child welfare check at his residence in Weston.
An officer with the Weston Police Department met with a 12-year-old girl at a residence on Cemetery St. in Weston in regards to a child welfare check, according to the complaint. The girl told the officer that her father, Joshua Sims, 29, of Weston, left her alone at home all day, only coming home for 20 minutes a day, according to the complaint.
The girl also told the officer that Sims rarely left food in the house, and she hadn’t eaten for almost three days, according to the complaint. She said Sims also abused her during the times he was home, and told the officer about the previous day, when her father had struck her with a closed fist in her ribs, head and left arm, according to the complaint.
Other forms of abuse included beatings on a regular basis and one instance where Sims heated up a nail and forced the girl to touch it, resulting in a blister on her finger, according to the complaint. The girl told the officer she was afraid of Sims, according to the complaint.
Sims has been charged with two charges of child abuse resulting in injury or creating risk of injury, child neglect resulting in injury or creating risk of injury and domestic battery (third offense), according to court documents. He is currently being held in Central Regional Jail.