Parents face charges in infant’s death

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WARDENSVILLE — The body of an infant was uncovered near here Saturday in a shallow grave apparently dug by his father.

The remains of Ashter James Christy was secured by Hardy County Medical Examiner Jeff Fraley to be transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Morgantown for a full autopsy.

West Virginia State Police said in a press release that officers believe the focus will be on child neglect resulting in death, but they did not rule out that murder charges could follow.

Around 7:30 Saturday night, Joseph Allan Christy led 5 police officers to the site of his son’s grave in the George Washington National Forest Area.

Joseph Christy and the baby’s mother, Summer Lynn Snow McDaniel, had been stopped earlier Saturday as they attempted to flee police in Monongalia County near Morgantown. The couple from Marysville, Mo., had children ages 11, 7, 4 and 2 in their vehicle.

The adults were charged with felony child neglect by Morgantown Police.

During questioning, the claim arose that the father, Joseph Christy, had killed an infant child. He confessed to burying the boy at a campsite in Hardy County.

Joseph Christy led Trooper First Class C.S. Hartman, Sgt. M.D. Anderson, Sgt. J. P. Branham III, Cpl. R.M. Gaskins and Morgantown Detective Larry Hasley to the gravesite.

1 Comment for “Parents face charges in infant’s death”

  1. Though we certainly do not know the details of this tragic situation, it appears another child is lost at the hands of another. That precious baby is in the arms of Jesus, never to suffer again.

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