UPDATE: Two people wanted on child neglect taken into custody

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 11/27/2020 10:30 a.m. UPDATE: Two people wanted on multiple charges, including child neglect were taken into custody.

Breanna Blankenship and Benjamin Sturgell were taken into custody in the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 in the Shady Spring area of Raleigh County. Tips provided by the public helped lead deputies to their location.

Deputies say Blankenship and Sturgell were in a car with a young girl that crashed with another car in Beaver. Deputies say Blankenship was under the influence and they believe Sturgell allowed Blankenship to drive the car with the young girl.

They are pending arraignment before Raleigh County Magistrate Richard Jones.


11/26/2020 9:30 p.m. UPDATE: Further details are released on the investigation into two people wanted on multiple charges, including child neglect.

Raleigh County deputies stated Breanna Blankenship and Benjamin Sturgell, both from Lewisburg, travelled to Raleigh County on July 31, 2020 to purchase prescription drugs. Investigators said after the two took the medication and ingested ‘illicit’ drugs, Blankenship reportedly drove their vehicle along U.S. 19 / Ritter Drive in Beaver. Inside was Blankenship, Sturgell and a young girl.

Deputies said Blankenship crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on. Blankenship and two people in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Sturgell and the girl suffered minor injuries.

Through a blood test, investigators determined Blankenship was under the influence of drugs. They also believed Sturgell allowed Blankenship to drive the vehicle with the young girl in the vehicle.

Currently, Blankenship and Sturgell are listed as fugitives in the National Crime Information Center.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 11/26/2020 7:55 p.m. ORIGINAL STORY: Raleigh County deputies are searching for a two wanted people in regards to an investigation.

Deputies are searching for Breanna Sage Blankenship and Benjamin Henry Sturgell, pictured above. The two are wanted on child neglect on conspiracy charges. Investigators said Blankenship is also facing a charge of DUI with Serious Bodily Injury.

No further information was given about the investigation.

Anyone who knows where they are is urged to call the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 255-9300 or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at (304) 255-7867.

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