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A Fayette County woman has been arrested this evening on child abuse allegations

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GAULEY BRIDGE, WV (WOAY) – Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Montgomery General Hospital regarding a complaint that a patient, a 16-year-old juvenile, had been attacked by his mother. Further investigation indicates that the juvenile was struck numerous times by his mother with a tire iron during an argument between the two. This incident had taken place at the suspect’s mother’s home in Gauley Bridge.

The mother of the victim, Michelle Rene Saunders, 35 of Glen Ferris, was arrested on the felony offense of Child Abuse Resulting in Injury. Saunders was unable to post the $10,000 bond set by the Fayette County Magistrate’s Office and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail. Child Protective Services was notified of the incident, and the victim will remain in the custody of his grandmother.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Deputy K.D. Spears of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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