Man Charged with Child Abuse in Scissor Incident

MINERAL COUNTY, W.Va. - The Mineral County Sheriff's Office recently arrested a local man following a confrontation he had in his home that ended with a young child impaled with a pair of scissors. 

Andrew Christopher Conner, 35, is charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Deputies said an arrest warrant was issued Thursday, August 14 and Conner was taken into custody without incident. 

The charge stems from an incident that happened on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Conner's apartment complex, Pinewood Apartments, off of Rt. 28. 

Deputies said Conner was at the apartment with others; Lisa Lowther and Blanche Grimm, who was visiting with her one-year-old boy. They said Conner had returned to the apartment with a pizza. Conner began cutting the pizza with scissors when a verbal argument struck between him and Lowther. 

Grimm had her son in her arms, and once the argument began, she told deputies she attempted to leave the room. As she tired to leave, Conner became upset and threw the scissors. Deputies said the scissors opened up and the point impaled into the right temple area of the child, going in 2-3 inches deep. 

Deputies said EMS was called immediately and the child was treated on scene before being transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. From there, the boy was airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the scissors were surgically removed. The scissors were right behind the child's eye, and did not hit the brain, officials say. 

Sheriff Jeremy Taylor told WHAG firefighters and emergency personnel who responded to the scene that day are to be commended and did an outstanding job. He said if the scissors had moved just a fraction of an inch it could have caused extreme damage, and it could have ended much worse. 

Conner was arrested last Thursday and held overnight at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. He posted a pre-trial release bond of $5,000 Friday. A date for his preliminary hearing has yet to be set. 

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