January 19, 2011

Jessica Williamson Didn’t Need A Fingernail Clipper - Jailed After Allowing Baby’s Fingertips To Be Gnawed By Rats

Moundsville, West Virginia (The Weekly Vice) - Jessica Williamson, a 23-year-old Moundsville woman was jailed Tuesday after she allegedly allowed her baby's fingers to be chewed by a rat.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Williamson's six-month-old son was taken to the emergency room at Ruby Memorial Hospital in December 2010 after a rat chewed on the child's fingers, causing injuries to each of his fingertips on his right hand. He was treated and released.

Investigators say the hospital contacted the Department of Health and Human Resources, who then contacted police. However, it took almost a month before charges could be filed because detectives were waiting for medical reports from the doctors, which were received on Friday.

Williamson was apprehended at a court hearing for a previous child neglect charge. Her son was placed into the custody of his grandmother, as well as his twin sister and several other siblings.

When a NEWS9 reporter asked Williamson if she allowed a rodent to bite her baby's fingers, Williamson did not respond.

Williamson was booked into jail and charged with felony child neglect resulting in bodily injury. Her bond was set at $5,000.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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