Lippincott

Brittany Lippincott is escorted to her preliminary hearing last year on child neglect charges by county sheriff’s department transport officer Melissa Southern, left, and Department of Corrections officer Rana Stephens.

FAIRMONT — A woman who pleaded guilty last fall to depriving her toddler of food and medically neglecting him faces up to 15 years in state prison, according to court documents.

As part of a plea agreement, Brittany Nicole Lippincott, 29, of 106 Monongah Heights, pleaded guilty last October before Marion County Judge Patrick N. Wilson to one felony count of child neglect resulting in injury and one felony count of child neglect creating risk of injury or death.

According to a sentencing order, Lippincott was sentenced in December on the first count to imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than 10 years. On the second count, she was sentenced to imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years, the sentencing order states.

According to the order, the sentences are “to be served consecutively to each other.”

The sentencing order notes that Lippincott shall receive credit for time served, for a total of 215 days previously served while waiting trial.

The order also states that Lippincott’s attorney asked the court to grant alternative sentencing of probation, but the state objected, and the court denied her motion “for probation or any other alternative sentence.”

Lippincott is required to pay the costs of the proceedings in the amount of $582 and attorney fees as taxed by the Clerk of the Court, to be paid within two years of release from incarceration.

The original criminal complaint against Lippincott states the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, assisted DHHR workers in conducting a home check, and found Lippincott’s child May 9 at 106 Monongah Heights where they arrested her.

DHHR and police received an anonymous referral that Lippincott was distributing illegal drugs while children were in the home. Police contacted Lippincotts’s mother, who in turn, said no one was at the residence.

While there, however, deputies saw a woman, who was within minutes identified as Lippincott, walking down a hallway toward rooms. The officers were “aware of active warrants for Brittany Lippincott.”

According to the court papers, there was a doorway on the left in the hallway that was locked shut with an eye bolt and a hook.

One of the law enforcement officers opened the door and said, “they’ve got kids locked in here.”

After the scene was secured, the detective was told that a three-year-old boy who appeared malnourished was found in the locked room.

The sergeant said the child was wearing “just his underwear” when he opened the door, and he appeared “emaciated, pale, with apparent bruising on his face near the eye and mouth.” Police said the child was able to talk with officers and DHHR workers.

During the search, police found digital hand scales, plastic bags with white residue and plates with white residue and snorting straws in the residence. Police obtained a search warrant and seized the drug paraphernalia.

The child was transported by DHHR to Fairmont Regional Medical Center for a wellness check and was photographed to document his condition. Officials said a complete outline of the child’s rib cage was visibly apparent from the front and back views because of the emaciation.

After examining the child’s backside, it was found that because of the emaciation, the child had no formed buttock, but rather sagging skin, the court papers state.

Police and healthcare officials found the child’s face bruised near the eyes and mouth, and the child’s back had a laceration on the lower section. The complaint states that the child’s genitals also showed signs of trauma.

The child was later transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for further treatment, and because of his genital injuries, a sexual assault exam was completed.

When an examiner asked the child about the injuries to his lip, he responded “mommy did it with pliers,” the complaint states. Medical records of the child’s treatment at Ruby Memorial showed the 3-year-old weighed 22.6 pounds, six ounces and was two feet, 11 inches tall.

The child also told investigators that he has to “sit at the table and watch them eat, it’s not my turn,” according to the complaint.

In a police interview, Lippincott said she noticed issues with the child in October 2018 and admitted he has not seen a doctor. She stated that he “needs help, he needs to go to a doctor.”

“Miss Lippincott stated…(the child)… had not been to a doctor in a year and she had not sought treatment for his issues,” states the complaint. Lippincott said she would lock the child in his room at night “a couple times,” but usually during the day.

After Lippincott pled guilty last year, Marion County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Pigott said the child was doing “wonderful,” and is “thriving.” She said she couldn’t comment about whose care the child is under.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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