On April 7, 2014 Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office were called to Thomas Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for a 4 year old child that had been shot in the arm. The injury was non-life threatening.
The investigation at the hospital revealed that the shooting occurred at the child’s residence on Dalewood Dr. in Cross Lanes. Detectives with the Kanawha Bureau of Investigations obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence. Evidence was recovered there to indicate the shooting did occur there. It is also believed that the person who did the shooting was a 5 year old sibling of the victim.
Through the investigation it is believed the shooting incident itself was an accident. Other crimes associated with the incident are still being investigated to include any negligence by the parents of the children.
Child Protective Services was notified and are also investigating the incident.
The investigation to this point has lead to the arrest of the parents of the victim. The charges on both of the parents are Child Neglect Resulting in Risk of Serious Bodily Injury. The parent’s names are:
John L. Seymour 23 Years Old of Cross Lanes
Tabitha L. Bowen 24 Years Old of Cross Lanes
They are in custody but have not been arraigned. The time of this release is 5:53 p.m. An estimated time of arraignment is 6:15 p.m.
Corporal B. D. Humphreys
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office
301 Virginia Street East,
Charleston WV 25301
desk: 304-357-0732 / cell: 304-951-7328
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