West Virginia toddler hospitalized with serious injuries; Mom charged with child neglect

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LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A toddler is hospitalized and his mother is facing criminal charges after a police encounter in a West Virginia Walmart.

Logan Police tell WSAZ a 3-year-old boy had to be hospitalized and his mother arrested Wednesday evening following a child neglect and shoplifting complaint that came in through 911.

Police responded to the store and found a woman and her son showing serious injuries. Police tell WSAZ they could visibly see the 3-year-old was seriously injured and immediately called for an ambulance.

Court records state the child's entire body was covered in rashes. The little boy was screaming in pain and hot to the touch.

Investigators tell WSAZ the toddler was flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Angel Harmon, 25, is facing a list of charges including child neglect by parent with serious bodily injury, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting third offense and public intoxication.

A store employee said Harmon was shoplifting. Police say she has two previous shoplifting charges. When officers confronted her, they say she was "clearly" under the influence of something. When an officer asked her if she was on anything, the mom said she smoked marijuana prior to the trip to Walmart.

Police asked Harmon why she hadn't taken her son to be treated for his injuries. She said she had a doctor's appointment scheduled in two weeks. Harmon also said the last time the child saw a doctor was a month ago.

After officers arrested Harmon, she told them in the police cruiser that she was scared to take her son to the doctor "as she was afraid what they might find," court records stated.

During the investigation, police discovered Harmon had what they believe is meth, marijuana, xanax, and two different types of neurontin (a nerve pain medication and anticonvulsant) in her possession.

The suspect was "nodding off during processing" and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes according to police.

Police say the family lives in Mingo County and West Virginia State Police is involved in that aspect of the investigation.

Harmon is in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

The Logan Police Department and Logan County Sheriff's deputies are working the investigation. They say there could be more arrests. CPS is also now involved in the case.