Police: Local man strangles mother

Corey Allen Mutum

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested after allegedly strangling his mother following an argument.

Corey Allen Mutum, 24,  was arrested for strangulation, a felony, from the Dec. 11 incident, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The victim stated she and her son, Mutum, had an argument and she asked him to leave. Mutum allegedly pulled her away from the doorway and attempted to take her cell phone, according to the criminal complaint.

Mutum then allegedly grabbed his mother by the throat and began to strangle her before shoving her to the floor.

When the victim got back up, Mutum allegedly shoved her down a second time at which point she struck the back of her head on the counter top causing a laceration, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim had red marks around her throat, a laceration to the back of her head, a scratch on her face and a scrape on her knee, according to the criminal complaint.

Mutum was also found to have outstanding warrants for failure to report an accident and no insurance, both misdemeanors, dating back to a 2016 incident and was arrested on those as well.

On Oct. 26, 2018, Mutum was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile on South Locust Street and struck a vehicle driven by Geraldine Eskew in the rear. Eskew told Posey at the time that the driver pulled off the roadway into an alley and stopped.

Mutum gave Eskew a false name and left the scene. At the time, Eskew went to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment after complaining about being in pain from the accident.

Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department is the investigating officer.

Mutum was arraigned in Marion County Magistrate Court where bond was set at $2,800.

If convicted, Mutum faces a fine of not more than $2,500 and/or imprisoned not more than one nor more than five years for strangulation, up to a $100 for failure to report an accident and a fine of $200 to $5,000 and/or jail from 15 days to one year for no insurance.

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