UPDATE: 2 indicted on child neglect charges in Mercer County

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PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 2/13/2020 11:00 a.m. UPDATE: Two people facing child neglect charges were indicted by a Mercer County jury.

Kristy Asbury and Dakota Dillow are both charged with conspiracy, first degree sexual assault, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or a person in position of trust to a child, malicious assault, and gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury.

Court documents stated Dillow forced the 9-year-old victim to eat dog feces, drink urine, and hit him in the back of the head with a metal toy gun.

Both will appear in Judge Derek Swope’s courtroom Monday, February 24, 2020.


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 2/4/2020 9:30 a.m. UPDATE: Kristy Asbury, one of the victim’s caretakers, was also arrested in connection to this case.

According to court documents, the victim told investigators Asbury was at a neighbor’s house during one of the crimes.

Kristy Asbury was charged with Child Neglect Creating Risk of Injury. She is in the Southern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: A man is in jail after he allegedly abused a young boy.

Court documents state Dakota Dillow forced the 9-year-old victim to eat dog feces, drink urine, and hit him in the back of the head with a metal toy gun. The victim also told investigators Dillow would get angry with him and assaulted him multiple times.

The alleged abuse was reported on June 24, 2019. Dillow was booked into Southern Regional Jail on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Dillow is charged with malicious wounding, sexual assault and child neglect. His bond was set at $50,000.

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