UPDATE: Parkersburg man heads to Grand Jury on charge of killing baby boy

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/11/2017, 4:33 P.M.

A Parkersburg man charged in the death of his girlfriend's 16-month-old boy will face a Wood County Grand Jury on a felony charge.

Friday afternoon in Wood County Magistrate Court, Magistrate Joe Kuhl found probable cause for William Travis Schoonover's case to be heard by a Wood County Grand Jury.

Schoonover is charged with death of a child by parent, guardian, or custodian, which is a felony.

Parkersburg Police say on July 24, 2017, Schoonover was left alone with his girlfriend's 16-month-old baby, when the baby received significant head trauma and other injuries.

The baby later died from his injuries at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Schoonover told police detectives, "I killed him. He would not hold still when I was changing his diaper, so I shook him by his ankles."


UPDATE: 8/8/2017, 2:10 P.M.

A Parkersburg man charged in the death of his girlfriend's 16-month-old baby boy, has been denied bond.

William Travis Schoonover, 38, was denied bond Tuesday in Wood County Court, according to Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure.

Schoonover is charged with death of a child by parent, guardian, or custodian, which is a felony.

Parkersburg Police say on July 24, 2017, Schoonover was left alone with his girlfriend's 16-month-old baby at Schoonover's home on Beaver Street in Parkersburg.

While in Schoonover's care, the criminal complaint states the baby received substantial head trauma and other injuries to his body.

The baby was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center and then taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, where he died from his injuries.

In an interview with police detectives, Schoonover admitted, "I killed him. He would not hold still when I was changing his diaper, so I shook him by his ankles."


UPDATE: 08/02/17 7:45 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, William Travis Schoonover, 38, admitted to killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old baby.

When Parkersburg Police interviewed Schoonover, the criminal complaint states Schoonover said, "I killed him, he would not hold still when I was changing his diaper so I shook him by his ankles."

On July 24, 2017, Schoonover was left alone with his girlfriend's 16-month-old baby at Schoonover's residence on Beaver Street in Parkersburg.

While in Schoonover's care, the criminal complaint states the baby received substantial head trauma and other injuries to his body.

The baby was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center and then taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus where he died.

Schoonover appeared in Wood County Magistrate Court where he was charged with death of a child by parent, guardian, or custodian, which is a felony. Magistrate Jody Purkey told Schoonover he could not grant him bond because he was charged with a capital offense. Schoonover could receive bond in Wood County Circuit Court. He next faces a felony preliminary hearing within the next 10 days.


ORIGINAL STORY: 08/02/17 4:00 p.m.

A Parkersburg man is being arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon, accused in the death of a 16-month-old baby.

Parkersburg Police say William Travis Schoonover, 38, has been charged with death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian.

He was denied bond Wednesday afternoon during an appearance in Magistrate Court.

The child, who hasn’t been identified, died July 25 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Police say the child sustained the injuries on July 24, but no details have been released.

We have a reporter in Magistrate Court and will update this story as details are available.



 
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