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Berkeley County man faces felony neglect charge after boy is burned

October 01, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County man was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of child neglect resulting in injury after a young boy was severely burned at the man's home in August, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

William Franklin Rehrer, 50, of 110 Eclipse Court, Apt. 7, was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who set a $10,000 bond.

Rehrer told police he was sleeping Aug. 31 when the boy was hurt as his brother and another boy ignited a bottle of cologne with a candle, according to a complaint by Martinsburg Police Department patrolman E.L. Chrisman.

The victim was treated for second- and third-degree burns to his neck, chest and chin at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Chrisman said.

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A neighbor took the injured boy to City Hospital in Martinsburg, police said.

Rehrer allegedly told police he was looking for his insurance policy before taking the boy to the hospital because he wanted to make sure his policy would cover the medical bills, according to Chrisman's complaint.

After discovering the victim and his brother had left the home, Rehrer learned from his nephew that they went to a neighbor to get a ride to the hospital, the complaint states.

One of the boys told police that Rehrer told him that he didn't have a car and couldn't take him to the hospital, according to Chrisman's complaint.

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