Parkersburg Child Death Case Goes To Grand Jury

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WOUB Contributing Writer

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Updated Tue, Oct 16, 2012 9:31 am

The case of a man accused in the death of a Parkersburg boy will go to a grand jury.

Matthew Lamp appeared in court Monday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Lamp is charged with the death of a child under parent or guardian.

In the beginning of the month, the boy was seriously injured and taken to a hospital.

He later died there of his injuries. The name of the boy is not being released but in the criminal complaint, police name him as "DK".

Police say Lamp admitted to hitting the boy, but Lamp's wife, who is not the mother of "DK", says Lamp is a great father to their children and would never intentionally hurt anyone.

"Matthews Lamp is a kind-hearted, gentle, caring person. He's never hurt anybody in his life and I know he would never hurt a child. Accidents happen and it's not his fault. The only thing he might be guilty of is not calling 911,"said Yarrow Lamp.

She says he tells a different story of what exactly happened that night.

"The children were playing and ran into each other. The little boy fell and he didn't realize he was hurt that bad. He just put the kids to bed thinking everything was alright. Everything wasn't alright. He did not know," said Yarrow Lamp.

If convicted, Lamp will spend up to 40 years behind bars.

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