WV Prosecutor’s Ex-wife Makes Abuse Claim

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia State Police are investigating claims by the former wife of Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants that he used excessive discipline on one of their two sons. He says the allegation is politically motivated.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says a complaint made by Allison Plants against Mark Plants is being investigated by the Crimes Against Children Unit.

Mark Plants says he and his ex-wife had an agreement that spanking their children was an appropriate form of discipline.

The Plants were divorced in 2012. Mark Plants remarried in December.

Media outlets report Mark Plants calls the allegations "political mudslinging" because Allison Plants has hired former county prosecutor Mike Clifford.

Clifford says an emergency protective order issued Thursday requires Mark Plants to stay away from her and their sons.