UPDATE: Dad pleads guilty to child-neglect charge for injuries to young son

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/9/19 5 P.M.

A Wood County man pleaded guilty to a child-neglect charge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors said.

Authorities arrested Tyas Lipscomb, 20, of Washington, West Virginia, in April 2018 after he and the boy’s mother took their 11-day-old son to WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

Police said he initially told authorities he had performed CPR on the child after he stopped breathing while he was feeding him. He changed his story later, admitting that he became angry and squeezed his son against his body, police said.

The child was transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where hospital employees told police they treated him for more than a dozen broken ribs.

The child recovered from the injuries, authorities said.

Lipscomb is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15 in Wood County Circuit Court for his guilty to plea to a felony count of child neglect resulting in injury, prosecutors said.


ORIGINAL STORY: 4/18/18

A Wood County man is in jail accused of causing injuries that required his 11-day-old son to be hospitalized.

Parkersburg Police arrested Tyas Lipscomb, 19, of Washington, W.Va., and charged him with child abuse by a parent causing serious bodily injury.

According to police, the child had multiple broken ribs and bruising around both eyes when Libscomb and the child’s mother brought him to Camden Clark Medical Center.

Police say Lipscomb told hospital staff that he had performed CPR on his son on April 1 after he stopped breathing while he was feeding him.
According to police, Lipscomb said the couple brought the child to the emergency room because he was less active and there was “a crackling noise when the infant breathed.”

Later, however, police say Lipscomb changed his story, telling detectives during an interview that he had not performed CPR on the child. Instead, he told detectives that he had become angry and forcibly squeezed his son against his body.

Police say the child was taken to WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown, where hospital employees determined the child had suffered “non-accidental” injuries that included 12 broken ribs on his right side and two on his left side.

Police say the child is recovering and has been released from the hospital’s pediatric intensive-care unit.

Lipscomb was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court. His bond was set at $10,000, he remains in the North Central Regional Jail.