Joseph Christy and Summer McDaniel charged with child neglect and may face more charges after admitting to the burial of an infant in Hardy Co.
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Joseph Christy and Summer McDaniel charged with child neglect and may face more charges after admitting to the burial of an infant in Hardy Co.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — State Police say a Missouri couple is jailed on charges of child neglect, but could be facing much more serious charges after a bizarre weekend discovery.

Morgantown police officers observed Joseph Christy, 32, and Summer McDaniel, 26, both of Maryville, Missouri in a stolen vehicle at the Sheetz convenience store in Sabraton Saturday. The couple fled when confronted by officers.  The vehicle had been reported stolen in Iowa.  The pursuit went onto I-68 and I-79 before the pair was finally stopped.  Each was charged with child neglect because their four children, ages 11, 7, 4, and 2  were in the vehicle at the time of the pursuit and none of them were buckled up.

The two were questioned individually after their arrest and police made a startling revelation.

“There were some interviews conducted and information was obtained that Mr. Christy and Miss McDaniel had buried an infant child in the George Washington National Forest in Wardensville, West Virginia,” said West Virginia State Police Spokesman Lt. Mike Baylous.

State Police in Hardy County were alerted to the information and were led by Christy to the burial site.

“They were able to locate the burial site and did discover the remains of an infant child there,” said Baylous.

The child’s remains were sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a time and cause of death. For now, the pair face no charges in connection with the child’s death, but those may be pending depending on the findings of the medical examiner.

“I don’t know who said what, but there was some kind of indication about why the baby was buried,” Baylous said. “We have to wait and see what the medical examiner determines is the cause of death and the approximate time of death before we make a decision on how to proceed with this.”

Meanwhile, the couple remains in the North Central Regional Jail on $60,000 bail each on the child neglect charges.

Baylous said the two appear to have lived all over and are largely transients. Their most recent address was Missouri, but Christy had also lived in Colorado Springs, CO where he was wanted on outstanding warrants.

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  • Fran

    I realize Hardy Co. is the back of beyond for most of you, & few could find the area with a map. So, how did two deadbeats from MO find it???

    • Jonus Grumby

      Likely 'just passing through'.

  • Christie

    Lets save our tax money and bury her alive in the same shallow grave she put that poor baby in.

  • Kemarie

    Seriously? People are not held at a high enough standard when it comes to child care. They have how many kids? And, the father just ran the police with the children in the back. They were charged with child neglect bc the children were not wearing seat belts. Does anybody else find that just a bit lenient? Say they're community, being proactive, tried calling dss on them prior to this and it was probably shrugged off. Just think, it would have save a life. I'm SO SICK of social workers shrugging off their responsibility of protecting the young. I tried calling last week on a lady who's child's arm keeps being pulled out of socket. You wanna know what she told me!!??? Unless I know specifically who is doing it, what they're doing and where its happening, they can't do anything. Serious? I was so flabbergasted. I thought that was their job. So, this child will continue to be abused and neglected. I suppose i should hire a detective to find all this info out for dss so this child can be saved. And then ppl wonder what's going on with this world. Standards of care of children need to be set at a higher standard and social workers need to be help under accountability. And make these ppl who keep having kids get fixed. Enough already. I, for one, personally know how hard it is having multiple children. And especially in the culture today. Most ppl depend on the govt way too much. Sock it to them! It's not something your average person can handle.

    • April

      No because their probably busy breaking up families who don't deserve. I know of several in Ca who had their children taken because someone called, they had proof that nothing happened and witnesses and no evidence but their children were still taken than adopted out. These were law abiding tax paying citizens. It is rather sad what this country has turned into.

    • BH

      If you suspect child abuse, try to find out who the parents are, or at least where they live and contact the police.

  • Stacey Smith

    So sad! I couldn't imagine the fear the 4 surviving children had to feel, I hope someone cares enough to get them counseling. Tougher laws need to be in place for all violent crimes. People need to remember that the option for adoption is always there and that this is the best way to go if a child is not wanted, that way the child can be loved and nurtured, and loving people would have a child to raise. I wonder if cps has ever been called and neglected to open a case, it seems hard to believe that this would be the only time they acted out violently and that nobody would've reported it.

  • Kemarie

    Seriously? People are not held at a high enough standard when it comes to child care. They have how many kids? And, the father just ran the police with the children in the back. They were charged with child neglect bc the children were not wearing seat belts. Say they the community, being proactive, tred calling dss on them prior to this and it was shrugged off. Just think, it would have save a life. I'm SO SICK of social workers feh levying their responsibilities. I tried calling last week on a lady who's child keeps being pulled out of socket. You wanna know what she told me!!??? Unless I know who's specifically doing it, what their doing an where its happening they can do anything. Serious? My bad. I thought that was your job. And then ppl wonder what's going on with this world. Standards of care need to be highered and social workers need to be help under accountability. And make these ppl who keep having kids get fixed. Enough already.

    • joann

      I am sick of people in this world that abuse children! I am also sick to death of the one's who point their fingers at social workers! If the parents, doctors, teachers, law enforcement and whomever the heck else you want to add in here can't fix the problem, you really think that the average social worker that us limited by funds and manpower to fix a broken sysyem! Wake up this is everybody's issue not just social workers. I've been in social work for 30 years and have many family and friends that give 110% everyday to children in need! Unless you want to get a degree in social work and provide more manpower and suitable homes for the children taken from the post in this world. Don't dare point fingers!!!!!!

  • Allison Barr

    I think this is very disgusting. If you do not want kids or do not want anymore kids then what you already have don't have unprotected sex. No child deserves to die. That infant had his whole life ahead of him. Justice will be served!!!

  • Kim Link-Nicholson

    This absolutely disgusts me! How could someone harm a child? Lord please watch over the 4 that are still alive

  • John

    Why NOT bury Cristy in a deep grave ALIVE and let him rot....

  • WSR

    An Eye For An Eye!!!!

  • James

    I bet all you people calling for the death penalty, are the same ones to claim that they are Christians, pretty sure the Bible says no man or woman has the right to take the life of any human

    • Bound to happen

      Don't really care what the bible says. Hang em, zap em, shoot em. Just do it. Realizing that I have just alienated myself from the religious right and the (can't we all just hug and get along?) left in one comment. Might be lonely but there is nowhere I'd rather be.

    • Jonus Grumby

      But you probably have no problem butchering a perfectly innocent, healthy life form in a mother's womb with a scalpel in the name of 'choice', right?

    • Sandy

      The Bible also says THOU SHALT NOT KILL!!!! You have no right to reference Christians at all in your rant anymore than I would have the right to label you a Liberal or a Democrat, even if I suspected that! I can, however, speak to what I know is true; and that is you are ignorant of the Bible. The Bible clearly speaks to murder of innocent children. "Exodus 23:7 ESV Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked." I pray for your soul.

      • Lindsay321

        Agree! Amen to that!

      • Thank you!

        Amen brother! The Bible is clear on punishing those who sin.. Deut. 25:11When two men are fighting and the wife of one of them intervenes to drag her husband clear of his opponent, if she puts out her hand and catches hold of the man by his privates, you must cut off her hand and show her no mercy.

      • great quote

        God Bless you for quoting the God's Holy Word.Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
        Exodus 21:20-21 If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
        1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men.
        2:18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
        Leviticus 25:44-45

        Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.

    • Kay

      Anyone who can kill a baby does not deserve to live .....!!!!

      • Lindsay321

        I agree but two wrongs don't make a right either :(

        • Randy

          It ain't two wrongs! It's a wrong followed by a VERY right!

      • Jonus Grumby

        I agree, but we don't know for sure the cause of death of the child.

    • Kathy

      why is it that the word christian is always throw in there when something bad like this happens

    • Molon Labe

      Tell that to the 26 day old who was tossed in a shallow grave.

      Christian or not......

  • Kayla

    WISH wv had the death penalty!

  • JTL

    No mercy, May these two so called "adults" be raped everyday while in prison. The death penalty (if we actually had it) would be way too lenient sentence for them.

    • DWR

      Believe me. They will have to be placed in protective custody because the other inmates will punish them. Particularly the mother

  • Molon Labe

    Vote all WV law makers out until these IDIOTS decide to bring back the death penalty!!

    This POS needs to be thrown in his own shallow grave.

  • Golfnutwv

    Death Penalty, Shallow Grave!!!!!!!!

  • Renee

    Why is it that the poor little angels have to pay???

    • Molon Labe

      Because POS shouldn't reproduce. A prime example of people who have kids and can't take care of them.

      Our govt needs to offer anyone 10k cash, tax free, to get "fixed". This way we save kids from things like this and save on welfare.

    • Jay

      I believe it's because not enough people fully consider their responsibility to take care of the innocent and weak. As we reading this column know and realize, little children need attention, guidance, and love. When adults shirk those responsibilities, kids suffer and sometimes die. It's a sad commentary on how irresponsible adults can be. To me, there is no greater responsibility than to be completely depended upon by another.

      • zero tolerance

        +1