Putnam County man found dead in Charleston jail cell

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/3/18 @ 12 p.m.
An inmate from Putnam County died Monday morning in the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, a spokesman with the state regional jail system said.

Jeffrey Curtis Craig, 51, of Buffalo, was found unresponsive in his cell, and officers declared a medical emergency. Craig received medical assistance and was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.

Craig was booked into the South Central Regional Jail on March 23 on first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent or custodian charges.

The initial investigation shows Craig suffered head injuries prior to his death.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/23/18
Sexual assault and abuse charges have a 51-year-old man in Putnam County awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Jeffrey Curtis Craig, of Buffalo, is charged with several counts of first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say earlier this month a 13-year-old girl told them that Craig molested her. The girl was interviewed at the Women and Children's Child Advocacy Center.

The teen disclosed that Craig had been forcing her to perform sexual acts with him since she was 5 years old until March 2017.

Deputies say during an interview, Craig admitted to the incidents over the last three to four years.

"It violates the sanctity of the home. It eliminates that feeling of safety," Sgt. Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says.

Deputies want other children and their families to be sparred from the same pain of sexual abuse.

Here are a few signs to look for in your children or children you know that something cold be wrong:

  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Drastic change in academics
  • Afraid to go home
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Unusual interest or knowledge in sex
  • Acting out in an inappropriate way
  • Becoming unusually secretive

Humphreys says it is also important to look for warning signs or red flags in the adults who care for your children.

"If you know of an adult who's spending time with your child and they insist with spending alone time with the child," Humphreys says. "Those sort of behaviors are sometimes cause for concern. When you start seeing something and the hair on the back of your neck starts to stand up, pay attention to that."

Here are are some of the signs to look for in adults that they may not be fit to care for your children:

  • Refuse to allow child sufficient privacy
  • Insist on physical affection
  • Overly interested in the sexual development of a child or teenager
  • Regularly offer to baby-sit children for free or take children on overnight outings alone
  • Buy children expensive gifts or give them money for no apparent reason
  • Frequently walk in on children in the bathroom

Craig is in the South Central Regional Jail on 200,000 dollars cash only bond.