West Virginia Couple Indicted in Baby's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A couple accused of throwing their 4-month-old girl against a wooden deck and shaking her to death have been indicted on charges of murder and neglect.

Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says 27-year-old William Echard and 22-year-old Amber Messenger of Clarksburg could spend most of their lives in prison if convicted on all charges.

Shaffer called the baby's injuries last July abhorrent and shocking.

A grand jury this week indicted the pair for murder of a child by parent or guardian or custodian.

The pair also face six counts of child abuse resulting in injury, three counts of child neglect resulting in injury and giving false information about a child's injuries.

Shaffer says the baby died of head trauma.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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