A southern Upshur County woman convicted of child neglect resulting in the death of her three-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three to 15 years in prison by 26th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jacob Reger. The sentence was recommended by Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney David Godwin.
Danielle Nicole Talbott, 25, French Creek, was indicted by the Upshur County Grand Jury in April 2018 for failing to seek immediate medical attention for her daughter Braylee, who was found to be unresponsive on Oct. 21, 2017, and later died at Ruby Memorial Hospital of what was believed to be intentional blunt force trauma injuries inflicted by Christopher Radcliff, who at the time, was reportedly Talbott’s boyfriend.
It was discovered through an in-depth investigation by law enforcement that led them to believe Radcliff died by suicide the same day Talbott’s daughter passed away, Oct. 25, 2017.
According to court documents, it was revealed that Talbott admitted that she had let Radcliff talk her into not seeking medical care for her daughter in a timely manner.
As part of the plea deal, Talbott entered a plea of guilty to neglect resulting in death. For their part, the prosecution agreed to drop a charge of child neglect, creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury. Additionally, Talbott will receive credit for time served of 51 days and will be eligible for parole after three years. After her release, she must register with the West Virginia State Police as a child abuser, according to reports.
Talbott was represented by Attorney Dennis Willet.