Raleigh County man arrested after child hospitalized from exposure to heroin

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– A Raleigh County man is facing charges after deputies say he exposed a child to heroin that lead to the child being taken to the hospital.

According to a criminal complaint, on December 11, 2021, William Derek Chappell admitted to authorities a child got ahold of a bag that contained heroin residue. The child was exposed to the drug, which caused the child to lose consciousness. Chappell called 911 and told dispatch what happened.

Chappell admitted to investigators he used the heroin prior to being alone with the child. He was arrested and charged with felony child neglect.

The child was taken to a local hospital.

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