The trial of a father and two women accused of causing the 2018 death of an 8-year-old girl in Oak Hill is continuing through June 6, the Fayette County Circuit Court judge said Thursday. , Paul Blake.
Marty Browning Jr., his wife, Julie Titchenell Browning, and Julie’s sister, Sherie Titchenell, were each arrested in December 2019 for the death of Marty Jr.’s daughter, Raylee Browning.
All are charged with one count each of killing a child by a parent, guardian or guardian. Each was also charged with child abuse and neglect resulting in death. Both charges are felonies.
The last trial date for all three defendants was March 1, 2022. The trial had previously been set for March 2021, July 2021 and October 2021.
Blake made the decision to continue with the lawsuit.
Special Prosecutor Brian Parsons declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday.
Blake had heard pre-trial motions earlier this month and ruled that the testimony of Raylee’s gym teacher at Mount Lookout Elementary School would be admitted as intrinsic evidence, meaning jurors must hear evidence in order to understand the criminal charges that the three defendants face.
Corporal of the Oak Hill Police Department. James Pack launched a lengthy inquest into Raylee’s death when she died on December 26, 2018 at Plateau Medical Center. PMC staff reported to Pack that the child had lacerations and bruises, that she was emaciated and her rectum was torn.
She was in the care of Child Protective Services (CPS) when she died.
The state medical examiner’s office reported that she died of complications from an untreated infection.
OHPD Police Chief Mike Whisman and another Fayette official had reported in December 2019 that the Nicholas County CPS failed to cooperate with police during the early stages of the criminal investigation and that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) declined to provide complete information. CPS files on Raylee’s case after her death.
CPS supervisor Nicholas Joe Sorrent retired on December 29, 2018. As of November, he was working as a temporary CPS worker, according to WVDHHR officials.
Raylee’s mother, Janice Wriston of Scarbro, sued WVDHHR and Sorrent in federal court in 2020, alleging that CPS records were suppressed and tampered with and that the state violated Raylee’s civil rights.
A judge dismissed the case on the grounds that the state would not allow Wriston to sue the state. The judge allowed Wriston to sue the CPS supervisor at a later date, but did not allow him to bring another lawsuit against the CPS over his daughter’s death.
Earlier this month, Mount Lookout Elementary School teacher Carrie Ciliberti said CPS records allegedly kept by a CPS employee appeared to contain false information, based on Ciliberti’s recollections of the meetings. , and that Raylee was severely malnourished in first grade and had bruises and scabs all over her body.
The defendants are tried together, but each has a separate lawyer.
Steve Mancini is representing Marty Jr., who had primary custody of the child.
Mark Plants represents Julie, who had worked at the Kathleen and John Faltis Children’s Shelter in Summersville, a non-profit shelter with close ties to CPS.
Shelter officials did not respond to requests for details about Julie’s job title, duties and length of employment.
Evan Dove represents Sherie, who, according to witnesses, handled the bulk of the custody of Raylee and Julie’s three children.
In light of the controversy surrounding the accuracy of Raylee’s CPS records, the case is expected to rely heavily on scientific testimony from medical experts.
Parsons called an infectious disease expert, as well as a child abuse expert from Charleston Area Medical Center.
Defense attorneys also called in medical experts.