Gilmer County woman facing child abuse charge

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A Gilmer County woman is facing a child abuse charge after troopers said she stuck her 14-year-old daughter with a horsewhip.

On Sunday, March 31, troopers with the West Virginia State Police Department were dispatched a residence on Kelly Run Road in reference to a mother, Stephanie Hess, 36, of Glenville, who had physically abused her 14-year-old daughter.

Troopers said they arrived on scene at 11:17 p.m. and met with the caller and his two juvenile daughters. The man directed troopers to his daughter who was physically abused, and troopers noticed numerous welts on the girl’s legs. Additionally, her right index finger was bleeding, according to State Police. Troopers said the girl stated that her mother, Hess, did this to her.

Troopers then received a written statement from the father, which stated the two girls were arguing, which resulted in a dog kennel being broken. The statement further read that Hess then retrieved a horsewhip and started whipping the 14-year-old on her legs, below her buttocks and on her hand, according to court documents. The father also stated he told Hess to not strike the girl, an argument between the two of them occurred and Hess left the residence.

Troopers said at 11:29 p.m. Hess arrived on scene and admitted to whipping her daughter with the horsewhip. After being placed under arrest, troopers said Hess admitted to striking her daughter with the horsewhip on her legs, below her buttocks and on her hand because she didn’t want to fix the dog kennel that had been broken.

Hess has been charged with child abuse resulting in injury. She is currently being held at Central Regional Jail. Her bail has been set at $10,000.

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