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New charge added for Wyo. County suspect after infant found unresponsive

Gregory Church Jr. Gregory Church Jr.
Crystal Thomas Crystal Thomas

MULLENS, W.Va. (WVVA) There were new developments on Wednesday for a mother and her live-in boyfriend after her infant was found unresponsive on Friday.

According to Wyoming County Chief Deputy J. White, Gregory Church Jr. of Mullens is now facing a felony child abuse charge  in addition to child neglect. The new charge for Church was added on Wednesday after deputies learned he may be responsible for the child's injuries.

The infant's mother, Crystal Thomas, is also facing a charge of felony child neglect after deputies were called to their residence at Guyandotte Hills Apartments on Friday. 

Chief Deputy White said the child is in a medically induced coma after suffering brain damage and broken bones. He said some of the broken bones were more than a week old. The child also has a split tongue and detached retinas as a result of injuries Chief Deputy White believes were inflicted by Church. 

Both suspects are still being held in Southern Regional Jail (SRJ). 


MULLENS, W.Va. (WVVA) A mother and her live-in boyfriend are facing felony child neglect charges after the woman's 10-month-old baby was found unresponsive on Friday, December 29.

According to deputies, the child was found unresponsive with broken bones and brain damage at the Guyandotte Hills Apartment Complex near Mullens. 

Crystal Thomas and Gregory Church Jr. of Mullens were both arrested and charged with felony child neglect on Monday, according to Wyoming County Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy J. White.

According to Chief Deputy White, the child was taken to Raleigh General Hospital and later airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), where the infant remains on life support. He said some of the damage included torn retinas and brain hemorrhaging.

The deputy said more charges are possible as the investigation progres

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