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Lallathin Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

By Staff | Dec 8, 2015

Joshua Caleb Lallathin, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 3 to one information count of child abuse resulting in injury. For this offense he was sentenced to one to five years in prison. However, this sentence was suspended and he will instead serve two years of probation. He is also required to register as a child abuser for life.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carl “Worthy” Paul informed the court that in May of this year Lallathin was observed at the New Martinsville Villas kicking and beating an 18-month-old child. Paul stated that bruising was evident on the child, but there were no long-term injuries.

“I had anticipated there could have been,” Paul added.

Paul said the child had been beaten for defecating on the floor.

Lallathin told the court he had smacked the child on the mouth, with an open first.

He admitted to using drugs prior to committing the crime. Lallathin said he was prescribed Subutex.

“That’s just a drug, isn’t it?” Hummel inquired.

Lallathin agreed that it was, informing the court that the prescription cost him around $500 a month.

“How did you pay that?” Hummel asked.

Lallathin stated that he had help.

“You live in the Villas, which is low-income housing, but you could find $500 to pay

for drugs,” Hummel stated.

Lallathin said his family helped him afford the drugs. “They thought it was helping me,” he said.

Hummel sentenced Lallathin to one to five years in prison, with credit for 203 days served. Lallathin is to also pay a $100 fine. The balance of his incarceration was suspended, and he will be placed on 24 months of supervised probation.

Hummel also ordered Lallathin to attend some sort of anger management class.

In another matter, Myron Allen Helmick, 29, of HC 60 Box 29, will serve 60 days in prison for violating the terms and conditions of his probation.

Helmick admitted to violating his probation by smoking marijuana several times.

On July 10 Helmick pleaded guilty for delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana. Helmick was given a sentence one to five years in prison. This sentence was suspended and he was placed on two years of probation.

In another matter, Robert White was given additional time to make restitution in his case. At a July 20 hearing, White was given until Dec. 30 to complete payment. White’s attorney, David White, said his client had recently been incarcerated on Marshall County charges.

The court was notified that Robert has, since July 20, paid $330. He still has $3,909.32 to pay.

Hummel gave Robert until Feb. 15 to pay restitution.

White pleaded guilty Dec. 6, 2013 to third offense driving on a license revoked for driving under the influence.

Also, Johnny Slater 24, of Hundred, waived his preliminary hearing for a petition submitted to revoke his probation. Slater will return to court Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m. for further proceedings.

Slater was sentenced to 60 days in jail, approximately a year ago, for violating the terms and conditions of his probation by failing a drug test.

He pleaded guilty to grand larceny July 10, 2013.