Dyer detained for child neglect


BUCKHANNON — A Weston man has now been detained in connection with last Thursday’s arrest of Cary Bennett.  Douglas Dyer, age 39, also stands accused of felony child neglect creating risk of injury for leaving a small child unattended while they were both allegedly passed out in the CVS parking lot.

Buckhannon Police Department’s Officers McCauley and Collins arrived on scene around 12:25 p.m. in response to a welfare check on the vehicle’s occupants. Collins reportedly discovered a small baggie and multiple heroin stamps on Bennett’s leg after waking her up and helping her out of the car. The child in the back seat was removed as Collins dealt with Dyer. According to court documents, the child had on a saggy diaper, was covered in marker, and had no food or water within reach. After review of the store’s security camera footage, the store clerk said the vehicle had been in the same spot since 10:13 a.m. that morning.

Dyer was reportedly detained after receiving medical treatment following the incident and remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond set by Magistrate Mike Coffman. If convicted, Dyer faces confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one, nor more than five years and/or fined not less than $1,000, nor more than $3,000.  Upon release, Dyer must comply with additional conditions of bond by having no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and be subject to random drug testing.

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