MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A couple charged in the New Year’s Day death of a 3-year-old boy were indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury.
James N. Mauldin, 20, and Jasmine K. Dawkins, 23, were indicted under different sections of state law for death of a child by parent, guardian and/or custodian by child abuse, according to the indictment, which was released by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.
Mauldin and Dawkins also were charged with two counts of gross child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and one count of presentation of false information regarding a child’s injuries in the death of Kaiwon Connelly, according to the indictment.
Mauldin, who is the boy’s father, also was indicted on one count of child abuse causing serious bodily and malicious assault , according to the indictment.
The indictment alleges Dawkins knowingly allowed Mauldin to inflict injuries on the boy that led to the his death.