UPDATE: Matthew Lamp Gets Maximum Sentence in Child's Death

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UPDATE 1/6/2014 12:00 PM

The maximum sentence for a man who admitted to a child's death.

Matthew Edward Lamp was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday morning by Judge Robert Waters.

He pleaded guilty in October to death of a child under a guardian or custodian.

Lamp called the child's death a tragic accident.

But the child's biological father said in court it was a deliberate act

"My son will never get to go to school...or get married, or have a girlfriend...just no life," says Jesse Case. "He's in the ground, and I have to live with that."

The child, who was the son of Lamp's girlfriend, died in a Morgantown hospital days after the incident in September of 2012.


UPDATE 10/24/2013 12:05 PM

A local man charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy appears in court.

Matt Lamp pleads guilty to death of a child under guardian or custodian.

In October, Lamp admitted to hitting the boy a few days before his death last September. He also admitted in court Thursday that the couple discussed not reporting the incident to authorites.

Wood County Assistant Prosecutor Sean Francisco: "Including that you and she didn't want ( Child Protective Services) involved?

Matt Lamp: " Yes, sir."
Francisco: "That the other kids may be taken away?

Lamp: " Yes, sir."

Francisco: "That you and/or she might be held responsible for the child's injuries?"

Lamp: " Yes, sir."

Lamp faces a possible 10 to 40 years

Sentencing is set for January.
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UPDATE: 06/10/2013 9:08 PM

Matthew Lamp's trial will begin August 26th pending a competency hearing.

He's charged with death of a child under parent or guardian. In October, Lamp admitted to hitting the boy a few days before his death.
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UPDATE: 03/18/2013 3:20 PM

A man accused in the death of a three year old Parkersburg boy appeared in court Monday.

Defense attorneys filed a motion for expert witness.

Lamps attorneys are looking for a medical expert to look over records and determine if the boy died from a different cause.

In October, Lamp admitted to hitting the boy a few days before his death.

He's charged with death of a child under parent or guardian.

The judge granted the request, pending assignment of the expert witness.

Lamps trial is set to begin April 15th.
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UPDATE: 10/15/2012 5:08 PM

The man accused in the death of a Parkersburg boy appeared in court on Monday. Matthew Lamp waived his right to a preliminary hearing and now his case will go to a grand jury. Lamp's charged with the death of a child under parent or guardian.

In the beginning of the month, the boy was seriously injured and taken to a hospital. He later died there of his injuries. The name of the boy is still not being released but in the criminal complaint, police name him as "DK".

Police say Lamp admitted to hitting the boy, but Lamp's wife, who is not the mother of the "DK", says Lamp is a great father to their children and would never intentionally hurt anyone.

"Matthews Lamp's a kind hearted, gentle, caring person. He's never hurt anybody in his life and I know he would never hurt a child. Accidents happen and it's not his fault. The only thing he might be guilty of is not calling 911," Yarrow Lamp says.

She says he tells a different story of what exactly happened that night.

"The children were playing and ran into each other. The little boy fell and he didn't realize he was hurt that bad. He just put the kids to bed thinking everything was alright. Everything wasn't alright. He did not know," Yarrow Lamp adds.

If convicted, Lamp will spend up to 40 years behind bars.

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UPDATE: 10/04/12 4:00PM

Parkersburg Police Detectives have arrested Matthew E. Lamp for his alleged involvement in the death of a three year-old boy.

On Sunday at about 1:00PM, officers responded to
CCMC in reference to a seriously injured child.

The mother said the boy was hurt accidentally while playing in their Parkersburg home. The child was then taken by medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Several detectives traveled to Morgantown on Wednesday to
continue their investigation.

The child passed away at about 2:45PM. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Friday.

Lamp, who was in the North Central Regional Jail on unrelated charges, was interviewed at Parkersburg Police Headquarters Thursday afternoon.

Lamp is officially charged with death of a child by a parent, guardian, or custodian following that interview.

Lamp is reportedly the boyfriend of the biological mother.

A Criminal Complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court
alleges that on or about 9-29-12, the victim was left in the care of Lamp at 501 32nd Street, Lot A6, in Parkersburg.

While in the care of Lamp, the victim received substantial injuries to his
body.

Lamp allegedly admitted to intentionally hitting the victim.

No charges have been filed against the mother or any other person at this time, however the investigation is continuing.

Lamp was processed and taken to Wood County Magistrate Court
for arraignment. He was held without bond and is set to be
returned to the Regional Jail.

He will be scheduled for an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge in the coming days.

Lamp could face 10 to 40 years in prison if convicted on the
charge.

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UPDATE: 10/04/2012 12:34 PM

A three year old Parkersburg boy has died from serious injuries.

Police confirm the boy died Wednesday after being taken off life support.

Right now, no arrests have been made in the case, as police are still determining if a crime took place or if it was an accident.

No further information is being released at this time.

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UPDATE: 10/03/2012 1:01 PM

A young boy is still in critical condition Wednesday at a Morgantown Hospital.

Police say the three year old boy was somehow seriously injured Sunday night at his home in Parkersburg.

Friends close to the family tell WTAP News the boy was taken off life support but still continues to cling to his life.

The mother tells police it was an accident.

No one's been arrested yet as police continue to investigate if it was an accident or something more. They say if a crime was committed they will take action.

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A young boy is fighting for his life, and police are trying to figure out how he was injured so badly.

"Our main concern now is for the child's well being," says Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins.

That child is a three year old Parkersburg boy. He was seriously injured Sunday afternoon and now police are trying to figure out how.

"We're working right now with CPS to see if there was anything criminal that took place at the home and we don't have any conclusions at this time."

His mother tells police it's an accident, but they say they're not ruling out the possibility something else happened.

"When you have critical injuries, you have to have a critical event take place, so the only thing we're trying to do at this time is to take the information that the family provided us as to what happened and compare it to the medical injuries, collect interviews from everybody and put all that information together and see what we have."

Many questions still remain as to what exactly happened at a trailer home in Parkersburg, and police are working around the clock to answer them. They're making this case a top priority, because for many, it hits close to home.

"Most of our officers are parents and it makes it tough to see children suffering. It makes it no less difficult for the officers who witnessed this child in the state of distress and we have a hard time dealing with that even as police officers."

Hoping for a good outcome, but not taking any chances.

"If there was a crime that occurred, we'll take action in court. If it was an accident we'll sign off on that."

The boy remains in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Police are not able to comment on the extent of type of injuries.

Friends close to the family tell us the boy was taken off life support yesterday and continues to fight for his life. His condition does remain critical.

Right now, no arrests have been made, as police continue to determine if it was an accident or something more.

We'll continue to keep you posted.


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