LOGAN, W.Va. — A man was placed under arrest recently for child neglect after he allegedly failed to place a child in a car seat.
Sergeant Kuhn, Corporal Jones and Senior Trooper Garren, all with the West Virginia State Police, report they received an anonymous call saying Austin Collins, 22, of Henlawson, was driving around selling drugs.
Law enforcement report they found Collins driving along White Castle Road.
Upon making contact with Collins, he allegedly provided Kuhn with the false name of Timmy Marcum.
Garren, however, reports he is familiar with Collins and was able to provide positive identification.
The officers report Collins was also transporting a three year old in the front seat of the vehicle without a car seat.
The criminal complaint filed by Garren notes, “The defendant advised…the child was his and that he was there to meet another individual to buy drugs.”
Officers report they were informed Collin’s license was suspended for unpaid citations, and a registration check on the vehicle showed the registration had expired in 2015.
Collins is charged with child neglect creating risk of serious injury, driving on a suspended license, driving with an expired registration and providing false information.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6959 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]