Child neglect case bound over to grand jury

Beth Sergent

July 30, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — The cases of two parents accused of contributing to their infant son’s death have been bound over to the grand jury.

This week, Jimmy R. Edwards, 25, address unreported, and Carla M. Adkins, 31, of Ashton, both appeared before Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross for their preliminary hearings after both were charged with child neglect resulting in death.

Adkins waived her right to the preliminary hearing while Edwards proceeded with his, with Ross finding probable cause to move his case forward into possible further proceedings in Mason County Circuit Court. The end result means both cases could now go before a grand jury. The next grand jury meets in September, which is the last time it convenes this year in Mason County.

Also as result of the preliminary hearings, Adkins’ bond was reduced from $500,000 cash-only to $100,000 with the condition of home confinement and that she have no contact with any person under the age of 18. Edwards’ bond remains set at $500,000, cash-only.

As previously reported, the West Virginia State Police arrested Edwards and Adkins, who were the parents of Carson Edwards, who died in March 2013 at 20 months old. Troopers say Carson died from profound anemia due to cows milk ingestion and lack of medical care.

The official criminal compliant filed in Magistrate Court alleges Edwards and Adkins obtained welfare WIC benefits and purchased baby formula with those benefits. Edwards then allegedly took the formula back to the store and returned it for cash. Troopers say the cash would then be used for the purchase of drugs, primarily methamphetamine. This behavior reportedly began when the infant was only a few months old.

Also in the complaint, Adkins states Edwards would not allow her to take the child to doctor visits because Edwards felt the child belonged to Adkins’ ex-husband.

The pair remain housed in the Western Regional Jail.