(03/22/2012)

Ashley Nicole Kreh - Ordie Jackson Rogers

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A Calhoun couple have been indicted by a Calhoun grand jury in the death of their two-month-old daughter, Darlene Rogers.

The WV State Police arrested the child's mother Ashley N. Kreh, 21, and father Ordie J. Rogers, 30, of Sinking Springs Road, in February, 2012.

Kreh has been indicted on one count of murder in the 2nd degree and one count of child abuse resulting in death. She is currently in Central Regional Jail on $750,000 bond.

Rogers has been indicted on one count of murder in the 2nd degree and one count of child neglect resulting in death. He has been released on bond.

A WV Medical Examiner says the infant died from bleeding to the brain following a skull fracture, "determined to be the result of blunt force trauma to the victim's skull."

The criminal complaint filed by Cpl. J. A. Bowles of the Grantsville Detachment indicates the child was injured by the mother by "shaking and causing the victims head to strike a wooden crib," indicating the injuries likely happened at least a couple days before she was taken to Roane General Hospital in Spencer on February 17.

During that admission the only reason given for the child's injury was an incident in the family vehicle a few days earlier, indicating a mishap in a car seat, "Ordie suddenly stopped to avoid a deer..."

The criminal complaint indicates the mother noticed problems following at least two incidents of alleged abuse to the child, including "bruising above the chest...squeezing the victim too hard."

Kreh told police "she was worried when the victim began showing something was wrong and she may have been the cause of it."

"She did not immediately take the victim to the doctor because she was afraid the doctors would see the bruises," including seizure-symptoms, says the complaint.

When the child arrived at Roane General Hospital, a physician identified swelling around the brain and was taken by chopper to Morgantown. On February 19, physicians declared the victim clinically brain dead.

During a police interview on February 20, Kreh "stated she was angry at Ordie because he did not get her anything or say anything to her for Valentines Day."

"She did not tell anyone about what happened because she was afraid of getting in trouble," says the complaint.

Rogers, in the criminal complaint, says he first noticed something was wrong with the child the morning of February 17 when she started running a fever and noticed "blood on the victim's lip."

"He stated the victim would not wake-up and her eyes were rolling back in her head," indicating he did not believe the child was getting enough oxygen and was having seizures.

He told police he decided to take her to the hospital late that night.

State Police, in the criminal complaint, say Rogers and his wife put the infant in a car, but arrived three hours later at Roane General Hospital, police say the trip should take about 30 minutes.


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