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Man accused of DUI, child abuse

September 28, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Barboursville man is facing charges after his mother complained about bruises found on a child who accused the man of abuse.

Daniel Lee Carter, 42, was jailed at 1:40 p.m. Monday. The West Virginia State Police charged him with child abuse. He is also facing charges related to an unrelated incident alleging he was driving intoxicated. For that case he is charged with having no insurance, obstructing, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and assault on a government official. His bond was set at $21,000 cash-only.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, in August a woman brought her 7-year-old great-grandson to the West Virginia State Police Huntington Detachment to file child abuse charges against Carter, the child’s grandfather and her son, after she noticed marks on the child’s face.

The child allegedly told the woman Carter had held him down, put his hand over his face so he could not breathe and then hit him in the face, chest and legs several times with his hand one day before school.

The child was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital for evaluation and to allow the Department of Health and Human Resources to conduct an interview.

Officials found four bruises on the child’s face that fit the profile of markings left by a hand. They also found abrasions on his chin and legs. The child allegedly told DHHR officials the same story he had told his great-grandmother earlier in the day, and the woman told officials Carter had been violent in the past with his wife and his mother in front of the child.

The child was temporarily removed from the house and placed with his great-grandmother, who had filed the complaint. Carter also faces a number of additional charges related to an April 11 incipient in which he is accused of causing damage while driving intoxicated.

According to those criminal complaints, at about 10 p.m. April 11, an officer was dispatched to a business in the 5800 block of Davis Creek Road in Barboursville due to a call of a man standing outside a parked vehicle with an open beer bottle.

A gas station down the road soon after called police to report a man was throwing garbage and beer bottles on their parking lot because he was upset they would not sell him alcohol. The employee later found her vehicle had been struck in the parking lot and was allegedly damaged by Carter.

Officers later found Carter sitting in a 2018 Jeep SUV with what appeared to be fresh damage to the rear driver’s side. Carter reportedly had red, glassy eyes and could not complete sentences.

When asked to exit the vehicle, he picked up a beer bottle and sat it in the cup holder before urinating on himself. He also allegedly had to lean against the vehicle to prevent himself from falling over.

The officer conducted three field sobriety tests and when Carter failed, he was taken to the Huntington detachment. During his transport, he started to defecate on himself, officers alleged. While being processed, he allegedly attempted to kick the arresting officer.

Carter is housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

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