Man Arrested For Child Abuse, Neglect
Joshua Lyons, 36, has been arrested for child abuse and neglect.
According to New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil, NMPD responded to a call from 911 dispatch on April 4, at around 5:30 p.m., concerning an unresponsive infant.
Chief Cecil, along with Patrolman Chichick, arrived on scene at 619 Foundry Street, in the Brooklyn section of New Martinsville.
Upon entering the residence, officers found a three-month-old baby boy, blue and barely breathing. Cecil said he found a slight pulse on the baby and ordered Patrolman Chichick to bundle the baby. The officers took the baby, via cruiser, to the Wetzel County Hospital.
During transport, Chief Cecil remained on the phone with the hospital nurse for the safety of the child.
Cecil Cecil said he was met halfway to the hospital by Patrolman Utt, who had been at the scene of a vehicle accident. Utt cleared traffic for Cecil and led the officers to the hospital.
According to Cecil, officers arrived at the Foundry Street location of the baby within three to four minutes from the time of the initial call; officers arrived at the hospital within 10 minutes of the initial call.
Cecil said the doctor on duty at WCH performed CT scans and decided to have the child transported to UPMC. After an investigation by Detective Donnie Harris, police arrested 36-year-old Lyons on child abuse and neglect charges. According to Cecil, it is believed Lyons caused trauma to his three-month-old premature son.
Lyons is currently incarcerated at Northern Regional Jail.