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Charged with animal cruelty

A Henderson man has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly killed his mother’s dog, according to a complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court.

Michael S. Watson, 44, was arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department this week. According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, it’s alleged Watson and his mother got into an argument at their home in Henderson. The mother told deputies, Watson had allegedly been drinking and he went into the kitchen, with the mother reportedly hearing something hit the floor. The mother walked into the living room and said she saw butcher knives and a cutting board on the floor, according to the complaint. She then stated she bent over to get her purse to leave and as she bent over, her dog landed at her feet.

The victim told deputies she was unsure whether the defendant allegedly hit the dog with a glass flower vase or threw it into a wall. The dog was breathing when she picked it up but then died, according to the complaint. Watson reportedly told deputies he picked up a flower pot and slammed it on the floor out of anger. He claims he did not know the dog was there, according to the complaint. Watson’s bond was set at $50,000 by Magistrate Cheryl Ross. As of Wednesday evening, he remained incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.

Deputy J. T. Veith is the investigating officer.

Waives preliminary hearing

A Point Pleasant woman charged with child neglect-abuse resulting in death, has waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Mason County Magistrate Court.

Carolyn I. Davis, 65, waived the hearing on May 18 and the case now goes on to Mason County Circuit Court for possible, further proceedings.

As previously reported, Davis was arrested on May 5, following a joint investigation by the Point Pleasant Police Department (PPPD) and West Virginia State Police (WVSP), into the death of Davis’ 19-month old great grandson, Abel Stephens, on April 5.

During a previous press briefing, Cpl. A.B. Ward of WVSP and Lt. Shawn Ross of PPPD, stated they arrived at a business in the 2300-block of Jackson Avenue on April 5 to investigate the report of an unresponsive toddler. Upon arrival, Stephens was already in the care of Mason County EMS and was transported to Pleasant Valley Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Both Ward and Ross said they believe now, the toddler had already been deceased prior to EMS arriving. The toddler’s death is being blamed on heat exposure after being left unattended in a hot car for several hours, according to officers.


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