Update: Man & Woman Involved in Weekend Chase Supposedly Buried Infant
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on July 07, 2014 @ 7:31PM
Created on July 07, 2014 @ 11:33AM
5 NEWS UPDATE 7/7:
On Saturday, July 5, the Morgantown Police Department was involved in a car chase involving a stolen Jeep Cherokee. The pursuit ended mile marker 146 on the southbound side of Interstate 79. Joseph Christy and Summer McDaniel were arrested for charges including felony child neglect, due to the fact that their four children were passengers in the vehicle during the pursuit.
After speaking with the couple and others who were in the car investigators claim they found out Christy and McDaniel had buried an infant child in the George Washington National Forest, in the Wardensville area of West Virginia. The infant was a one-month-old boy who is believed to be the couple's son.
Members of the Morgantown Police Department, along with West Virginia State Police responded to the national forest. Shortly after investigators located the burial site and found the remains of the infant.
The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the possible cause and approximate time of death.
Lieutenant Michael Baylous is the West Virginia State Police Public Information Officer. He said, "Lets just be patient. Lets see what the medical examiner's office report says and then we can go from there."
At this time charges have not been filed concerning the infant’s death or burial.
Morgantown Police were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Sheetz in Sabarton, which they said then led to a car chase.
The Monongalia County Sheriff's Department and State Police joined in on the pursuit. The chase ended at mile marker 146 on I-79 south.
The driver, 32-year-old Joseph Christy, was taken into custody without any further issues. According to police, he's also a fugitive. He's apparently wanted for escape in Colorado Springs. Apparently, the car he was driving was stolen from Iowa.
Police said four children were in the back of the car at the time. Officers said none of the children were in a child seat or using a seatbelt. The mother of the children, Summer McDaniel, is charged with four counts of child neglect in the alleged incident. Christy is also charged with four counts of child neglect.
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