Two Logan County parents were arrested Nov. 7 after Logan Regional Medical Center (LRMC) contacted authorities in reference to a child that had reportedly ingested an illicit substance.
Trooper S.M. Thompson, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he responded to the call from LRMC and was able to make contact with the child’s father, Samuel Johnson, 22, of Logan.
Johnson reportedly informed Thompson the incident had taken place at the home he shares with the child’s mother, Corey Hamaker, 22, of Logan.
Johnson allegedly explained he had been in illegal possession of suboxone pills at his residence; however, Johnson alleged he did not believe the child had ingested a suboxone pill but instead a pill a drug dealer may have dropped on the floor earlier that day.
While speaking with a witness who alleged Hamaker had knowledge the child ingested a suboxone pill that had been left on the table, Hamaker reportedly confessed to Troopers S.P. Bowling and T.J. Hannon, with the WVSP, she knew the child had eaten a suboxone pill.
The child reportedly ingested the pill after it had been left on a table and the parents were outside smoking.
Johnson reportedly admitted to authorities he had fabricated several stories at the hospital in attempts to avoid criminal charges and intervention from child protective services (CPS).
Johnson also allegedly admitted he withheld the same information from law enforcement.
Thompson reports that Johnson admitted a similar incident had previously occurred where no medical help was sought for the child.
Johnson and Hamaker are each charged with one felony count of child neglect resulting in injury.
If they are found guilty, both Johnson and Hamaker could be forced to spend between one and 10 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $3,000 in fines.
Bond for Hamaker and Johnson was set to $25,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]