Child neglect cases lead to indictments

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County grand jury has indicted several women on charges of neglecting their children.

Meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, the grand jury returned indictments against Desiree N. Wickham, 24, of New Cumberland; Rosemary E. Mikolosky, 21, of New Cumberland; and Candace A. Knox, 20, of Weirton – all on charges of gross child neglect resulting in substantial risk of injury.

All three cases have to do with “atrocious” living conditions for infants and young children under the women’s care, said Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis.

In Wickham’s case, four children – ages 2, 4, 6 and 7 – were involved, according to the indictment.

“There was animal feces throughout the residence. The kids were covered with flea bites. There were weapons laying around – crossbows, knives and saw blades,” Davis said.

In Mikolosky’s case, officers responded to a call at the residence and discovered a group of adults “consuming marijuana in a room with an infant child,” Davis said. “In the next room … there were harmful objects within arm’s reach of a 2-year-old. There were issues with the cleanliness and sanitary condition of the home.”

The indictment against Knox includes the father of the 1- and 2-year-old children, Chad A. Davis, 26, of New Cumberland, Davis said.

“The call came because of a medical situation with the male. When (officers) got there, they discovered there were horrific conditions,” he said.

In one of the child neglect cases, the home had no electricity, running water or plumbing, Davis said.

The grand jury, meeting in Hancock County Circuit Court, also returned indictments alleging sex crimes by two men in their 20s.

Tyler W. Bedillion, 23, of Claysville, Pa., was indicted on two counts of sexual assault, third degree, in connection with incidents in August involving a 14-year-old girl, Davis said.

Bedillion is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with the girl, his stepsister, on at least two occasions, Davis said.

“He was living independently and was brought into the house to be a custodian while the parents worked,” he said.

The charge is similar to statutory rape because the girl was too young to give her consent. Davis said the girl’s mother “caught them in the act” and reported the incident after taking the girl to the hospital to have her tested for pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases.

Joshua D. Baker, 28, of New Cumberland faces three counts of use of a minor in filming sexually explicit conduct, according to the indictment. Baker is accused of taking sexually explicit photos and videos of a 17-year-old girl with the girl’s mother’s cell phone.

Davis said the pictures, taken in July, were discovered while officers were taking inventory of a car that Baker allegedly had stolen. Baker also faces six counts of breaking and entering an automobile and one count of grand larceny.

Baker allegedly stole the girl’s mother’s car in August and crashed it in East Liverpool, where he was taken into custody, Davis said.

“(Officers) were searching the phone to see if there was any evidence of the auto break-ins. Then they came across this,” he said.

The grand jury also indicted Kelli Bradley, 28, of Antioch, Tenn., on a charge of obtaining welfare assistance by means of willfully false statements.

Bradley allegedly neglected to report $27,000 in income, made while working as a telemarketer from 2006 to 2008, to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. As result, she was overpaid welfare assistance in the amount of $10,464, according to the indictment.