The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

February 19, 2014

Defendant in child abuse case waives time limit at preliminary hearing

A 30-year-old Beckley man charged with two counts of child abuse with serious bodily injury waived the time limit for his preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magistrate Steve Jones.

Herbert “Jeffrey” Howerton Jr. was arrested Feb. 7 after police said he allegedly kicked his fiancée’s 7-year-old son in the abdomen and beat him with a belt.  

Howerton was also charged with domestic battery and a probation violation.

Officers reported that the 7-year-old was severely bruised on the right side of his body, from his knee to the top of his hip.

The mother reported the incident to police Feb. 7 and Howerton was arraigned the same day before Raleigh County Magistrate Charles Humphrey.

Howerton’s decision to waive the time limit will allow more time for evidence to be collected.

Further court proceedings have not yet been scheduled.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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