Mother charged after child struck by car near South Charleston High School
The mother of the 4-year-old boy struck by a vehicle earlier this month in South Charleston has been charged with child neglect, police say.
Emily Jordan Johnson, 31, of South Charleston is charged with child neglect resulting in injury. She was arrested March 9 and faces a $10,000 or 10 percent cash bond, according to a news release from the South Charleston Police Department.
An investigation is ongoing on the incident where the child was struck by a vehicle March 8 at 1 Eagle Way near South Charleston High School. The child was with his mother at the Par Mar convenience store at the corner of Chestnut Street and the Kanawha Turnpike when the child ran toward Eagle Way into traffic, police said.
Witnesses at the scene of the incident told police the driver of the vehicle did not have time to react. The driver was not charged.
Police said the child is recuperating in the care of family members. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource and Child Protective Services are investigating.