On Thursday, a West Virginia judge denied bail for a woman who’s accused of killing her grandson last month.
According to West Virginia News, Harrison Assistant Prosecutor Gina Snuffer said Keaton Boggs, 5, had injuries in various stages of healing when he was driven to the hospital. Among his injuries was a one-and-a-half-inch laceration on his genital area — which Snuffer said Michelle Boggs, 48, had threatened to cut off “if he didn’t stop playing with it.”
Michelle Boggs, along with her daughter and son-in-law, Chasity and Peter Wodzinski, 29 and 32, are charged with murder. Keaton Boggs, who died on March 20, reportedly sustained bleeding on the brain and to his eyes, bruising all over his body, and ear trauma.
Snuffer said the boy also had a laceration to his penile shaft and injuries to his testicles and inner thigh, West Virginia News reported.
Medical professionals reportedly determined that Keaton Boggs’ brain injury was irreversible. Snuffer claimed Chasity Wodzinski and Michelle Boggs gave multiple explanations about the boy’s injuries, varying from him falling down the stairs to self-harm. The pair allegedly also claimed he was fine before he went to sleep and that he didn’t wake up.
The U.S. Sun reported that Michelle Boggs got custody of her grandson following the death of his father — Michelle Boggs’s son Christopher — in June. The boy’s mother, Jessika Bishop-Holt, reportedly lost custody due to drug addiction but became sober and hoped to reunite. Michelle Boggs allegedly stopped Bishop-Holt from seeing her son.
Michelle Boggs’ lawyer sought to have her client placed under house arrest due to her peripheral artery disease and a heart attack she suffered in late February which required surgery. The lawyer claimed her preexisting conditions made her especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
Harrison Circuit Judge James A. Matish said he hadn’t heard of any coronavirus cases at North Central Jail. While Matish denied Michelle Boggs’ bail request, he said he will allow the defense to provide medical records so he could “reconsider” his decision.
The court has already denied bail for Chasity Wodzinski. Her husband has yet to have his bond hearing.
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