Monday, June 01, 2009

Father charged with murder

Fayetteville, West Virginia, USA - The Sunday Gazette (May 28) reported the arrest of 35-year-old Henry Clay Jenkins on charges he killed his 14-year-old son, who had cystic fybrosis, at their home on November 14 last year. From the article:

Henry Clay Jenkins, 35, allegedly failed to seek timely aid for his 14-year-old son, who had cystic fibrosis, when the boy passed out with respiratory distress at the Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Hilltop on Nov. 14, the news release states.

The boy was put on life support at Charleston Area Medical Center, where he died five days later, according to the release.

According to the article, the results of an autospy showed "the use of illicit drugs" contributed to the boy's death. Authorities believe that Kessler gave the boy oxycodone. According to a sheriff's office news release:

"It was also determined through this investigation that prompt medical attention had not been sought for this child following the initial discovery of the child's respiratory distress," according to the release.
Jenkins was taken into police custody last Wednesday and has been charged with murder.