Trial set to begin next week for Harrison County man charged in death of 5-year-old boy; separate dates set for co-defendants


Peter Wodzinski, Chasity Wodzinski, Michelle Boggs

Peter Wodzinski

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A trial is set to begin for a man charged in a death-by-abuse case of a 5-year-old Keaton Boggs in 2020, and separate dates have been scheduled for his co-defendants on the same charge.

According to the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Officer, Peter Wodzinski will stand before Harrison County Circuit Judge James Matish for the charge of death of a child by a parent, guardian, custodian or other person by child abuse.

Jury selection will begin on Monday and is expected to last most of the day; the trial could take many days before a decision is made by the jury, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Co-defendants on the charge will be tried separately after Judge Matish granted their severance request during the final pre-trial hearing of the three individuals which took place on Feb. 12.

Chasity Wodzinski will be seen before a jury on March 29; Michelle Boggs’ trial is set for April 19.

A criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police stated that they responded to an investigation of abuse of the five-year-old boy at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Troopers said the child was suffering from head trauma, which involved bleeding in his brain, had several bruises and had a laceration on his genital region. The boy was pronounced dead on March 20, leading to the arrests of all three individuals.

All three remain in the North Central Regional Jail.

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