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Two charged in connection with Martinsburg child's death

January 01, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Jasmine K. Dawkins, 22, left, were previously charged with one felony count of child neglect, and James N. Mauldin, 20, was charged with felony counts of child abuse and child neglect in the death of Mauldin's 3-year-old son. Those charges will be dismissed and have been replaced with child abuse resulting in the death of a child.
Jasmine K. Dawkins, 22, left, were previously charged with one felony count of child neglect, and James N. Mauldin, 20, was charged with felony counts of child abuse and child neglect in the death of Mauldin's 3-year-old son. Those charges will be dismissed and have been replaced with child abuse resulting in the death of a child.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 3-year-old Martinsburg-area boy who died Saturday succumbed to injuries that police allege were caused by his father.

Found with head trauma and scarring all over his body, the child died at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., West Virginia State Police said.

James N. Mauldin, 20, was charged with felony counts of child abuse and child neglect, and a misdemeanor count of providing false information regarding his son’s injuries, according to West Virginia State Police and jail records.

Mauldin’s girlfriend, Jasmine K. Dawkins, 22, also was charged with one felony count of child neglect and with providing false information, according to police and jail records.

Mauldin was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on a $55,000 cash-only bond, according to court documents.
Dawkins was being held at the jail on a $25,000, cash-only bond.

The child’s injuries included a fractured skull, and burn marks were found on his buttocks and legs, police said.

The boy’s father told State Police Trooper Z.S. Conner that he called 911 after the child collapsed in his apartment bedroom at 214 Joshua Drive and was not breathing, police said in a news release.

Dawkins told the investigating trooper that the boy was abused a few days earlier, and described how the boy sustained the burns and head trauma before apparently going into cardiac arrest on Saturday, police said.

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