Mother arrested for assault on daughter, other juveniles

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

November 29, 2013

WILLIAMSON — A Delbarton resident was placed behind bars after she stole property belonging to her daughter and then proceeded to assault her child, as well as two other juveniles.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) J.R. Tupper and Williamson City Patrolman J.D. Tincher, Cristel Adkins, 35, did steal and trade a cell phone that belonged to her juvenile daughter for heroin.

When confronted by her daughter, the defendant allegedly became combative and struck the girl in the face and proceeded to choke her. The attack continued until the nephew of Adkins intervened and managed to separate the mother and daughter. Injuries were sustained by both parties during the altercation.

A disabled female, who is a sister of the defendant, was attempting to call 911 to report the confrontation and theft when the phone was reportedly jerked from her hand by Adkins, who is also accused of twisting the victim’s arm up behind her back to prevent the fight from being reported to police.

Adkins was charged with four counts of domestic assault, one count of petit larceny and one count of child abuse. She was taken before Magistrate Dee Sidebottom for her arraignment and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden, until which time she met the requirements and stipulation set by the court for bond.

The defendant is scheduled to appear in court next week for a preliminary hearing on these charges.