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Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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Ashley Dawn Messer, 26 of Mount Gay, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on July 22 for obstructing and child neglect creating risk of injury.

According to the WVSP, Trooper First Class B.K. Wellman, Sergeant C.D. Kuhn and Trooper M.A. Broadwater traveled with Child Protective Services workers to Messer’s residence, located at Verdunville, to remove her one year old daughter per a court order.

Upon arrival, the officers observed Messer walking across the front yard carrying her child. The officers walked towards Messer and advised her that the child was being removed. Messer allegedly stated “oh no, you’re not taking my baby” before turning and running up onto the front porch of the residence and attempted to flee inside.

The officers then grabbed Messer, but she allegedly began to pull away and struggle with the officers while still holding the baby. The officers were able to secure the baby away from Messer and take the baby to safety.

Messer allegedly continued to actively resist and pull away from the officers. The officers say a brief struggle ensued, but they were able to gain control and place Messer in custody without further incident.

Messer’s bail is set for $1,000.

• Christopher Daniels, 30 of Lorado, was arrested on July 8 for jail escape.

According to reports, Daniels tampered with and removed his home confinement transmitter from his leg, destroyed the strands on the transmitter, failed to comply with orders to the Home Confinement Office and left his residence on July 3.

Daniels allegedly refused to answer or return calls from the Home Confinement Office on July 3 and 7. On July 8, a home visit was conducted and Daniels was not at the residence. Officer C.D. Martin was advised by Daniels’ father that he did not know where Daniels went or when he would be back.

Later that day, Daniels turned himself in at approximately 1 p.m.

Daniels’ bail is set for $2,500.


Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

(Karissa Blackburn is a reporter for the Logan Banner. She can be reached at 304-784-7329 or on Twitter at @kblackb2)

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