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Man indicted on more than a dozen counts of child abuse

September 24, 2010

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- David Edward Gagey, 71, of 781 Engle Switch Road in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was indicted this week by a Jefferson County grand jury on more than a dozen counts of child abuse, court records show.

Gagey is charged with 11 counts of child abuse resulting in or causing serious bodily injury, two counts of child abuse creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and one other charge, court records show.

The indictment is related to allegations made after Gagey called a Jefferson County animal control officer to complain about a neighbor's dog. The responding officer saw Gagey pull the boy up by his hair, court records show.

West Virginia State Police Trooper M.C. Harper interviewed several of Gagey's neighbors, all of whom alleged the boy was abused on a regular basis, court records show.

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