PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 — The parents of a Jeremiah Moore were found guilty of murder during a two-day trial in Mercer County.
The jury found Corey and Christy Moore guilty of both child neglect resulting in death and murder of a child by a parent, guardian, or custodian.
The jury heard testimony from family members and the couple before going into deliberation. According to Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney, George Sitler, the couple faces three to 15 years in prison for the neglect charge, and they face life in prison for the murder charge. Sitler also said, per West Virginia law, the couple will be eligible for parole after 15 years, however, they will remain on parole for the rest of their life.
A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
ORIGINAL STORY: Trial for a Mercer County couple accused of starving their 21-month-old son to death began Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Just shy of one year after little Jeremiah Moore showed up to the ER severely malnourished, his parents Christy and Corey Moore are on trial. Mercer County prosecuting attorney, George Sitler, explained their charges.
“They are charged with child neglect resulting in death and murder of a child by a parent which can be through withholding necessary sustenance which a parent has a duty to provide,” Sitler said.
The state needs to prove the couple maliciously and intentionally caused the death of Jeremiah by depriving him of food.
Sitler established that Jeremiah was healthy at first and his parents had the resources to care for him, but failed to do so. The defense claims Jeremiah could have died of some underlying condition that caused him to rapidly lose weight.
“The jury heard evidence today from medical personnel that would indicate that this was not a rapid sudden illness that resulted in the death of this child. This was something that was prolonged and that the parents had a duty to seek medical attention for,” Sitler said.
First to the stand was the ER nurse who treated Jeremiah when he was taken to the hospital on November 8, 2018. She broke down in tears as she recalled his condition; he was dirty, smelled of urine, had sores all over his skin, and was so emaciated the skin was sucking in between his ribs.
“This child died at a weight that you see in the third world,” said Sitler. “I’m sure the jury will listen to the evidence very carefully and render a fair verdict.”
Another nurse on the stand said Jeremiah looked ‘lifeless’ and it was the worst case she had ever seen.
The jury will soon hear from law enforcement and other family members. The trial will likely continue until Thursday, November 7, 2019.