Bond Set for Couple In Child Neglect Case
MIDDLEBOURNE – A couple accused of child neglect resulting in death was arraigned recently before Second Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Cramer.
Ezra Aberegg, 29, of Pine Grove, and Hope Morgan, 25, of Burton, have been charged with child neglect resulting in injury and child neglect resulting in death of a minor in relation to an incident that occurred July 14, 2014.
Aberegg and Morgan did not have legal representation at their arraignment, so they have not yet entered a plea to the charges, said Tyler County Prosecutor D. Luke Furbee.
Judge Cramer set their bond at $10,000 each.
The State Fire Marshall and the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation into this matter.
Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle said in a news release issued July 14, 2014 that Tyler 911 received a call around 1:05 a.m. of a camper fire with child trapped inside on Big Run Road July 14 near Alma.
Deputies from the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene along with fire units from Middlebourne and Shirley volunteer fire departments. Alma EMS also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, the camper was fully engulfed and witnesses told responders there was a child still in the camper. A child’s body was found in the burned rubble, according to the sheriff’s department’s release after the fire.
According to the news release, it was discovered that a man, woman, and another child had left the scene, traveled to Pine Grove, and sought help.
They were being transported by Wetzel County EMS to Wetzel County Hospital. Later all three were sent to West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
According to Tyler Star News archives, 2-year-old Ethan Kane Aberegg died July 14, 2014 the same date as was cited in the charges listed by the grand jury, which indicted the couple in February.