Schoonover denied bond in Wood County Circuit Court

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man was denied bond in his second try in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday.

William Travis Schoonover, 39, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arrested in August in connection with the death of his live-in girlfriend’s 16-month-old son.

After his arrest in August he was denied bond in magistrate court because he was charged with death of a child by parent, guardian or custodian, a capital crime.

Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton denied the motion Thursday. Schoonover’s case is in bound-over status, meaning it has not been presented to the grand jury for indictment.

According to the criminal complaint, the 16-month-old boy was left in Schoonover’s care by his mother around 2 p.m. on July 24. Schoonover was alone with the baby for about 30 to 45 minutes.

When the mother returned, Schoonover told her the baby was “breathing weird” and she found the baby in a lethargic and unresponsive state.

Police said Schoonover was interviewed three times and in the third interview he allegedly said “I killed him … he would not hold still when I was changing his diaper so I shook him by the ankles.”

Police said the autopsy report showed the “injuries were ‘very acute’ and ‘non-accidental.'” He was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center and was transferred to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus where he died July 25.

In other hearings:

* Thomas Eugene Stevens III, 37, Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-offense driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI. His sentencing was set for 10 a.m. Dec. 11. Judge Robert Waters granted a bond modification to allow Stevens to travel to Gallipolis, Ohio, for three to six months treatment at Cardinal Recovery.

* Chasity Hope Gibson, 25, 198 Chateau Hills, Parkersburg, did not appear for her hearing. Wharton issued a capias for her arrest and her bond was revoked.

* Brian Ezekial Hupp, 38, 720 Ninth St., Apt. 39, Parkersburg, was sentenced after his guilty plea to charges of unlawful assault and wanton endangerment with a firearm. Wharton sentenced him to one to five years with credit for 213 days served and three years with no credit for time served for the wanton endangerment charge to be served consecutively.

* Matthew Alan Smith, 31, 907 30th St., Apt. 4, Parkersburg, was sentenced after his pleas of guilty to two charges of grand larceny from the May 2017 grand jury and charges of burglary and grand larceny in a bill of information. Judge J.D. Beane sentenced him to one to 10 years with credit for 336 days served for the first count of grand larceny and one to 15 years for burglary with credit for 22 days served and one to 10 years for the second grand jury charge with credit for 22 days served. His sentence for grand larceny and burglary are to be served consecutively but concurrently to the second count of grand larceny.