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Hedgesville woman charged in son's death waives right to hearing, is released on bond

September 03, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 19-year-old Berkeley County woman charged in the death of her infant son last month waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was released from Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond, attorneys said Tuesday.

Monica W. Boggs, of 8791 Hedgesville Road in Johnsontown, W.Va., is charged with child abuse resulting in injury and (first-degree) murder of a child by a parent, custodian or guardian.

Attorney B. Craig Manford said Tuesday that his client is required to adhere to weekly supervision terms as part of her release from jail. Individuals charged with first-degree murder are typically held without bond until trial.

Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely said an agreement was reached Friday before a scheduled hearing Tuesday before Magistrate Jim Humphrey.

Boggs' son, Skylar Trigg Boggs, who would have been 7 months old Aug. 27, died Aug. 19, police have said.

The West Virginia Office of Chief Medical Examiner determined the boy died as a result of blunt force trauma and that he had a "deep" bruise around his left eye, police have said.

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In a complaint filed in magistrate court, Bowman said the child's mother admitted that she threw her son into his crib Aug. 18 and that his head struck a hard surface and the forceful landing in the crib made a loud noise.

In an interview with police, the mother said she also threw a bottle that struck her son in the left eye Aug. 16 at their home west of Hedgesville, police have said.

Attempts to resuscitate the child after he was found not breathing were unsuccessful, police said.

-- Matthew Umstead

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