MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A teacher charged with beating her own six children with broom handles, metal coat hangers and other objects since 2003 waived her right Thursday to a preliminary hearing in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.
Rebecca Jean Ferguson, 39, of Inwood, W.Va., is charged with six felony counts of child abuse causing injury from January 2003 up until this year, according to court records.
Upon waiving her right to the hearing, the state's evidence against Ferguson is bound over to circuit court, where the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office can present it to a grand jury.
Ferguson, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Spring Mills Middle School, has been on administrative leave without pay since Monday, Jaimee Borger, Berkeley County Schools' director of communications, clarified Thursday. School officials previously indicated Ferguson, who also had taught at Musselman High School, was on administrative leave and was receiving pay.