The Times West Virginian

April 8, 2014

Arrests involve child abuse, neglect

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Since Friday, the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department have made five arrests in three separate cases involving child abuse or neglect.

Tiffany Brielle Freeman, 19, of Fairmont, was arrested on April 7 and charged with child neglect.

On April 7, Marion County Sheriff deputies responded to a noise complaint and strong odor of marijuana coming from a residence. Deputies attempted to contact the occupants of the residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Freeman opened the door and a large amount of marijuana smoke exited the residence. A 2-year-old inside the home was exposed to the heavy smoke and drug use. The child is the daughter of Freeman.

According to the criminal complaint, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found in the home. The apartment had to be ventilated for 30 minuteds before units could be inside of the home. Freeman admitted to using marijuana with her friends before authorities arrived.

If convicted, Freeman faces up to $3,000 in fines and confinement in the custody of the division of corrections for between one and five years.

Kristopher Shaffer, 34, of Fairmont, and Rosanna Quisenberry, 24, of Fairmont, were arrested on April 4 and charged with child neglect creating risk of injury.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a call about a 2-year-old who was struck and having trouble breathing. Dispatch also told the reponders aware of a male yelling in the background of the phone call.

Units arrived on scene and saw Shaffer leaning out of a window and yelling with a black object in his hand. The officials on scene initially believed it was a firearm. Shaffer was ordered out of the home and placed into custody.

According to the criminal complaint, Shaffer was bleeding from his hands and had two knives in the waistband of his shorts.

“(Shaffer’s) action and demeanor showed quickly that he was apparently under the influence of something,” the complaint said.

According to the criminal complaint, units entered the home and found Quisenberry sitting on her bed with her 2-year-old child. The child appeared to had blood on her face and appeared dazed. Quisenberry was also found to be under the influence of something before later admitting to using drugs and alcohol.

If convicted, Shaffer and Quisenberry face up to $3,000 in fines and confinement in the custody of the division of corrections for one to five years.

Britney Nicole Hanson, 24, and Aaron Jamal Jones, 35, of Fairmont, were arrested on April 4 and charged with child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury.

According to the criminal complaint, Fairmont Police executed a federal search warrant for the residence of Hanson and Jones. During the search, officers seized multiple uncapped syringes, heroin stamps and packaging. The seized items were located within reach of children who were 4 and 2 years old.

If convicted, Hanson and Jones each face up to $3,000 in fines and confinement in the custody of the division of corrections for between one and five years.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com.