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UPDATE: Man Acquitted in Child's Death Gets Jail Time for Drugs


UPDATE 10/23/13 @ 3 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who was recently acquitted in a child death case has made a guilty plea in an unrelated drug case.

Delmond Dennis, 34, of Huntington, was in court Wednesday in Cabell County.

Dennis pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was then sentenced to 1-3 years on the charge.

According to the criminal complaint, Dennis was in a car that was pulled over on 14th Street in Huntington on April 20, 2013 around 11:35 p.m.

Huntington Police say when the K9 started searching the car, Dennis told them there was "weed under the passenger seat and it's mine."

Police say they found a pint mason jar and two baggies with weed in them.

They say he also had pills and heroin on him at the time.

Dennis was taken into custody on two other warrants.

In August, a judge acquitted Dennis of child neglect/abuse resulting in the death of his stepson.

The charge was in connection with the death of 6-year-old Jordan Moore. The little boy had cerebral palsy and autism and died in 2009.

Prosecutors say that Dennis did not take Moore to the hospital or seek medical care after the child fell down some stairs and hit his head.

Judge Paul Farrell issued the acquittal in that case after prosecutors wrapped up their case during his trial. Farrell agreed with a defense motion that prosecutors did not prove their case.



UPDATE 8/30/13 @ 1:55 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A judge has acquitted a Huntington man charged with child neglect/abuse resulting in the death of his stepson before the case went to the jury.

Delmond Dennis Jr., 34, was indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in the death of 6-year-old, Jordan Moore.

Judge Paul Farrell issued the acquittal after prosecutors wrapped up their case Friday morning.

Farrell agreed with a defense motion that prosecutors did not prove their case.

"I have concluded that based on the testimony I heard the state failed to meet its burden, failed to have adequate evidence to allow you to deliberate on this case," Farrell told the jury after their lunch break.

The jury has already gone to lunch when Farrell issued his ruling. When they returned from lunch they were told of the ruling.

Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles issued the following statement.

“We are of course disappointed in the judges ruling but we accept and respect his decision,” said Chiles

Moore, who had cerebral palsy and autism, died in June 2009 at his residence in Huntington.

According to prosecutors, Dennis did not take Moore to the hospital or seek medical care after the child fell down some stairs and hit his head.

Dennis’ trial started Tuesday in Cabell County Circuit Court.



UPDATE 8/30/13 @ 11:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The case of a Huntington man charged with child neglect/abuse resulting in the death of his stepson could go to a jury late Friday afternoon.

Delmond Dennis Jr., 34, was indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in the death of 6-year-old, Jordan Moore.

Moore, who had cerebral palsy and autism, died in June 2009 at his residence in Huntington.

According to prosecutors, Dennis did not take Moore to the hospital or seek medical care after the child fell down some stairs and hit his head.

His trial began Tuesday morning in Cabell County Circuit Court. Friday morning, the child’s mother and aunt testified for the prosecution.

Dennis is expected to take the stand in his own defense when his attorney’s begin presenting their case.

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UPDATE 8/27/13 @ 2:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Testimony is underway in the trial of a Huntington man charged with child neglect/abuse resulting in the death of his stepson.

Delmond Dennis Jr., 34, was indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in the death of 6-year-old, Jordan Moore.

Moore, who had cerebral palsy and autism, died in June 2009 at his residence in Huntington.

According to prosecutors, Dennis did not take Moore to the hospital or seek medical care after the child fell down some stairs and hit his head.

A jury was picked Tuesday morning. Prosecution testimony began after both sides gave their opening arguments.

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UPDATE 8/27/13 @ 10:45 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man charged with child neglect/abuse resulting in the death of a 6-year-old Jordan Moore.

Standing before Judge Paul Farrell, Delmond Dennis Jr, 34, of Huntington, shook his head slightly as the charges against him were read. His trial began Tuesday morning in Cabell County Circuit Court.

The alleged incident happened in June 2009 at the child’s residence in Huntington. Dennis was Moore's step-father

The 2010 indictment states that Dennis neglected the 6-year-old with cerebral palsy and autism by not taking him to the hospital or seeking medical care after the child fell down some stairs and hit his head.

Jury selection is expected to take much of Tuesday morning.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/16/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It has been nearly four years since a six-year-old autistic boy with cerebral palsy fell down the steps and later died.

It has been nearly three years since the man accused of not getting little Jordan Moore the medical attention he needed, resulting in his death, has been waiting for a trial.

"It is frustrating because you want to get to the bottom of these things -- everyone is entitled to an answer, the family, my client," Delmond Dennis' attorney, A. Courtenay Craig said.

A Cabell County Grand Jury handed down an indictment of child neglect resulting in death in 2010.

Both sides agree they want the case to finally go to trial. Thursday morning in court a date was set for August 27th.

Cabell County Assistant Prosecutor Kellie Neal says there have been some delays on both sides. She said there were initial delays with the indictment, there have been continuances on both sides, and there has been difficulty getting a medical report needed from the doctor in the case who moved to Louisiana.

Attorney Craig says he has had difficulties getting paperwork he needed from the prosecution. He filed a motion for his clients' right to a speedy trial but was denied. He says he disagrees with the reason why the judge denied the motion.

Dennis was out on bond, but Thursday morning, the judge revoked it because of Dennis' failure to report when asked. During his court appearance Thursday he was brought in from the Western Regional Jail because he was picked up on unrelated drug charges.


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