An Elkins man is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $20,000 cash bond after being arrested on child abuse charges, police said.
Daniel Clifford Moore, 26, was arrested on one count of child abuse resulting in injury, a felony, on Saturday. Police received a report on Nov. 14 from the state Department of Health and Human Resources indicating that Moore had physically abused a 4-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint.
The report indicated the alleged victim had gone to school with visible bruises and injuries to her face and neck area on Nov. 4, according to the criminal complaint. The report further claimed that the alleged victim has sustained numerous physical injuries as a result of abuse by Moore.
According to the report, the alleged victim "stated that (Moore) hit her." In the report the bruise on the alleged victim's left cheek is described as "dark purple with pulled blood to the bottom the size of an orange and starting from under the cheek and up towards the middle of the cheek," according to the criminal complaint.
The report also states the alleged victim "indicated to school staff that (Moore) had bit her," the complaint reads.
The report was accompanied by photographs of the injuries, which indicated an open abrasion near the alleged victim's left eye, the complaint states.
State Police officials obtained a copy of the emergency physician record form from Davis Memorial Hospital, which includes details of a medical evaluation of the alleged victim conducted on Nov. 5. The evaluation indicated the alleged victim was asked about the bruise on her cheek. She responded by making a fist and showing it hit her cheek, according to the complaint. The alleged victim also stated that her hair had been pulled and indicated that the marks on her neck were caused by choking, the complaint states.
During the medical evaluation, the alleged victim, for the third time, identified Moore as the person who had hurt her, according to the complaint.