For the record

Staff Report

Davis returned to West Virginia

Carolyn I. Davis, 65, Point Pleasant, who was being held in the Gallia County Jail after being charged with child neglect-abuse resulting in death, in Mason County, has been returned to West Virginia. Davis appeared before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush on Thursday for arraignment with Roush setting her bond at $500,000. A date for Davis’ preliminary hearing was pending as of Friday.

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 press briefing on Wednesday with Cpl. A.B. Ward of WVSP and Lt. Shawn Ross of PPPD, the officers 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.

Davis is being housed at the Western Regional Jail.

Point Pleasant Police Department

The Point Pleasant Police Department recently submitted its monthly activity report to Point Pleasant City Council for April, as follows: 38 citations issued; six misdemeanor arrests; two felony arrests; eight accident reports processed; 34 complaints taken. Arrested and transported to the Western Regional Jail by PPPD personnel were: Lora Terry, obstructing an officer, public intoxication. Morri Dabney, vicious dog warrant times three, failure to register dog times three. Andrew Dowler, attempt to commit a felony, burglary.

Checkpoint set

The Mason County Sheriff’s Department, with support from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will conduct a seat belt checkpoint, Monday, May 22. The checkpoint is set for 4-9 p.m. on the W.Va. 2 four-lane section at Henderson. The checkpoint is being funded through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program in order to reduce the number of seat belt violations and deaths on the highways. Officers will briefly stop traffic, distribute information and check for seat belt violations.

Staff Report