W.Va. Adults Arrested For Duct-Taping Boy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Two adults are in jail after being charged with duct-taping a 2-year-old boy they were supposed to be baby-sitting.

James Usher and Della Jackson both face charges of felony child abuse.

Both were arraigned in Kanawha County magistrate court on Monday.

They're being held at South Central Regional Jail on $100,000 cash bonds.

It could not be immediately determined if either has a lawyer.

Police say they duct-taped the arms, ankle, torso and mouth of a boy they were watching at his mother's Charleston home and took pictures of him.

His mother, Jessica McClure, was not home at the time.

She was subsequently charged with felony child neglect.

McClure is being held at South Central Regional Jail.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous Location: parkersbug on Jan 7, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    If you go to the charleston news you will see why the mother was more than likely arrested. The child was often dirty and smelled of feces when taken to the babysitter's (a different babysitter), whom contacted child welfare services regarding the child's safety. It's on wchstv's website. I believe the news clip was extreme abuse.
  • by Mindy Location: Washington on Jan 6, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    If the mother is in jail, obvisouly this isnt the first time this little boy has been in danger. What is it that is not being told in this story? Mothers dont just get arrested for providing daycare. do they? Let's all put our hands together in prayer for this little guy.
  • by matt Location: pkbg on Jan 6, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    why is the mother being charged ?did they call her and say hey can we duct tape little ralphie to take pictures of him?we think that would be funny and she said sure??? i wouldn't think when i left my child with someone i thought were reliable and safe something like this would ever happen.and if it did i wouldn't feel responsible i would be mad as h#&l at these folks but not at myself,i aparently though they were safe...???
  • by dot Location: marietta on Jan 6, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    this is a horrid act and the two who did it should be charged, but the mother wasn't there she hired these two to watch the child she didn't leave it home alone she wasn't beating it or not feeding it so why is she being charged????????? there must be more to this story that isn't being reported
  • by Anonymous Location: parkersburg on Jan 5, 2010 at 09:02 PM
    why charge the mother, she did not know they was going to do that to her child. now the other two should stay in jail for along time.
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