A Shocking Child Abuse Case
Four children between the ages of 4 and 12 in Gilmer County West Virginia alerted Child Protective Services that they were being abused. Claims that their mother’s girlfriend was shocking them with a homemade device created from a cordless drill has come forth. It was used as a form of punishment.
State Police Sergeant James Branham said, "It appeared to be some sort of cordless drill with a broken metal clothes hanger that was attached that came out and formed two metal prongs. There's also a battery attached.” Branham goes on to say, “Whenever it was touched upon their skin, it gave them a shock.” The drill has been found.
The children’s mother Yarica Jackson, 31, was arrested and charged with four counts of child neglect creating risk of injury. It appears that Jackson was aware of the abuse but did nothing to stop it. Jackson’s girlfriend, 34-year-old Mary Ann Starcher, was also arrested and charged on four counts of child abuse creating a risk of injury. Both are being held at the Central Regional Jail on $60,000 bail each.
The home from which the children were removed was deemed as unfit. Animal feces covered the floors and trash was scattered throughout the home as a result of overflowing garbage cans.
The children are in state protective custody.