Preliminary hearing waived in neglect case

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

ASHTON — A Mason County woman charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, times four, has waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Mason County Magistrate Court.

Nanette R. Brumfield, 40, of Ashton, appeared before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush this week for that preliminary hearing. Preliminary hearings do not determine guilt, they determine if there is probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed. A defendant has the right to waive the hearing and in doing so, the case is now bound over to Mason County Circuit Court for possible, further criminal proceedings. This could include the case being heard by a grand jury with the next term meeting in September in Mason County. Brumfield has only been charged, not convicted of any crime, and remains free on bond.

According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, Brumfield is accused of allowing individuals to operate a clandestine drug laboratory (shake and bake meth lab) inside her residence at 1 Regina Lane on “several occasions.”

The complaint also accuses Brumfield of allowing two juveniles inside the residence during the operation of the lab. The complaint then identifies a third juvenile in the residence.

The complaint goes on to allege that “after the operation was completed,” Brumfield, as well as two juveniles who were previously mentioned in the complaint, ingested methamphetamine. Brumfield is then accused of giving meth to a different juvenile in the case. This means four individual juveniles total were involved in this investigation. Brumfield is also accused of purchasing ingredients needed for the purpose of manufacturing meth.

According to West Virginia Code 61-8D-4(c), if convicted of child neglect creating risk of injury, a defendant shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000 or imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one, nor more than five years, or both.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Department is investigating this case, with Sgt. T. L. Powell as lead investigator. The criminal complaint alleges the criminal activity took place from approximately June 1 to July 4.

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.