Police investigate domestic incident in which toddler suffered broken arm

Bradley Walter Price of Martinsburg was arraigned on two felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury

December 13, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — City police in Martinsburg found two young children with bruises and other marks on their bodies while investigating a reported domestic incident early Thursday at a Centre Street residence.

One of the children, a 2-year-old, was later determined to have a broken arm as a result of the domestic incident, which police responded to investigate at 2:44 a.m., Martinsburg Police Detective J.D. Luciano said in a news release. 

The reported domestic incident led to the arrest of Bradley Walter Price, 36, of 401 Centre St., who was arraigned Thursday on two felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court documents.

After arriving at 401 Centre St., a Martinsburg police officer found three children ages 2, 4, and 10 in the home, according to the news release.


A woman at the residence told police that she had just come home from work and found the children’s injuries after they had been in the defendant’s care that evening.

In a complaint filed against the defendant, Martinsburg Police Patrol Officer P.A. Lehman said the 4-year-old appeared to have bruises on her left ear, left side of her cheek and neck and that her left hand appeared to be swollen, according to court documents.

The officer noted in his complaint that the youngest child appeared to have a reddish mark under his left eye, bruising on the back of his neck and buttocks area, according to court documents.

Police were told that the oldest child had been sent outside and that sometime during the evening she could hear the younger children screaming inside the house, police said.

Lehman said in his complaint that the girl told him that her dad made her take their dog out for a walk several times, according to court documents. The oldest was Price’s only biological child in the residence, according to court documents.

The children were treated for their injuries at City Hospital in Martinsburg and then released to their mother, police said.

Police said the case remains under investigation by the department and the state Department of Health and Human Resources. 

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