- Posted April 23, 2012 by
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
UPDATE: Principal Charged with Child Abuse; Case Bound Over to Grand Jury
Hundreds showed up for a preliminary hearing for Principal Cameron Moffett.
Moffett is charged with felony child abuse in connection with an incident that was caught on tape on a school bus.
The crowd was so large that the hearing had to be moved to a larger courtroom to accommodate the group of supporters for both sides.
Several witnesses were called to the stand to testify in the case.
Moffett's defense attorney called the bus driver, Ms. Cochran, to the stand. She testified that the student disobeyed Mr. Moffett's command initially and that is when all of the students were asked to leave the front of the bus.
When asked by the prosecutor if she saw Moffett grab the student from the seat and roll him end over end, Cochran further testified that she agreed with that statement.
A 5th grade teacher, Elizabeth Cap, that was on the bus at the time of the incident also testified Monday morning. Cap said that she was the one that asked for someone to call Mr. Moffett to assist with the student. Cap testified further that the student was in an angry tantrum when he came off of the bus an went to the ground on his own.
After all of the witnesses testified -- the defense argued that the charges should be dismissed because an injury has to occur for child abuse charges to be relevant.
The prosecutor argued that the defense was misinterpreting the law and says the child abuse includes the risk of injury.
When both attorneys wrapped up their arguments -- the judge ruled that the case would be bound over to a Mason County Grand Jury.