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Woman, boyfriend indicted in 4-year-old’s death

Ashlee Starlene Allen and Walter Everett Richardson were both indicted by the Marion County June Grand Jury, according to a news release sent Tuesday.
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Ashlee Starlene Renee Allen(State of West Virginia)
Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 11:32 AM EDT
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - A grand jury has handed down indictments against a woman and her boyfriend in the death of her four-year-old son.

Ashlee Starlene Allen and Walter Everett Richardson were both indicted by the Marion County June Grand Jury, according to a news release sent Tuesday.

The boy was found unresponsive at his home March 4, Fairmont police said in a criminal complaint.

The child was declared dead a few days later.

The complaint said the child had head trauma, lacerations to his lips, broken teeth and bruises.

Allen and Richardson are both charged with child abuse. Richardson is also charged with first-degree murder.

Richardson was alone with the boy both on March 4 and on Jan. 25, when the child was admitted to a Morgantown hospital for multiple head injuries, the complaint said. The boy told a Child Protective Services worker that he was scared of Richardson and did not feel safe with him, it said.

After the first incident, Allen agreed to a temporary plan that Richardson would stay away from the child for a week or until Marion County Child Protective Services could conduct another assessment, the complaint said.

But Allen was back home with Richardson within two days and Allen failed to follow up on the temporary CPS assessment prior to the boy’s death, police said.

Allen “knowingly allowed Walter Richardson to act as custodian” to the boy on March 4 and was aware of previously reported child abuse involving Richardson, the complaint said.

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