Former day care operator indicted in child’s death

PARKERSBURG- A former co-owner and operator of a Wood County day care facility was indicted Thursday by a special session of the Wood County grand jury.

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton said the indictment of child neglect resulting in death was returned against Kenneth Lester Rockhold Sr., 64, of 19 Rains Road, Belleville.

According to a civil lawsuit filed against Rockhold in the death of Mercedes Wise, 4, the child was left in a vehicle on a day when the temperature reached 89 degrees. Her body was found in a vehicle near Lynn’s Little Wonders Daycare around 5 p.m. Aug. 30.

The suit alleges Wise died after being left unattended in the vehicle for about seven hours on a sunny, 89-degree day.

According to the suit, Lester Rockhold picked up Shawna and Mercedes Wise at their home to provide transportation to West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Once Shawna Wise was dropped off at WVU-P, Rockhold took Mercedes Wise to the daycare on Dempsie Avenue.

The suit claims Lester Rockhold provided similar transportation for the Wises on prior occasions.

A Parkersburg man was named as a co-defendant in two separate indictments involving a drug lab.

Terry Abbott, 39, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was named in one indictment with Trina Anne Abbott, 39, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and conspiracy to operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory from June 2013.

Terry Abbott is also named as a co-defendant with Rick Brock, 50, 807 Franklin Ave., Belpre, on the same charges from April 2013.

Others indicted by the grand jury were:

* Ira Blair Hyde, 54, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on two counts each of malicious assault and grand larceny from May 2013.

* James Miller Johnson III, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from May 2013.

* Christopher Moneypenny, 31, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on two counts each of burglary and petit larceny and one count each of entering without breaking and grand larceny from October 2012.

* John Nelson, 26, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on three counts each of first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian from March 2012 to October 2012.

* Kaitlin Nicole Pryor, 19, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance from March 2013 and grand larceny from February 2013.

* Brian Riel, 44, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, indicted on possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from May 2013.

* Chance Robert Seymour, 20, in custody at the South Central Regional Jail, was indicted on a charge of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle with a reckless indifference to others from June 2013.

* Tumarcus Anthony Stele, 21, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from May 2013 and one count of escape from May 2013.

* Darrell Wayne Stephens, also known as Darrell W. Jones and J.D. Jones, 46, 2124 Washington Blvd., Belpre, was indicted on a false pretenses charge from September 2012.

* Donald Williams, 33, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, indicted on entering without breaking from June 2012.

* Nioka Lynn Wriker, 32, Roger Allen Daniels, 50, and Robert Kelso, 33, all in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, were named as codefendants in an indictment charging them with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from May 2013.