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Child neglect trial starts for Ohio Co. man

Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 04:27 PM EDT


A jury was seated Wednesday morning in Ohio County for the trial of Stephen Clemens, facing two counts of entering without breaking and gross child neglect creating substantial bodily injury or death.

Clemens is accused of taking his 9-year-old stepsonto a hot car in the parking lot of Kohl's at the Highlands after being fussy in the store, while he and his girlfriend, Jeanette Darnley,shoplifted.

Witnesses that testified Wednesday are Paul Buzzard, a man who spoke to Ohio County Sheriff Deputy Richard White when he saw the young boy in the car;Kristie Fox, loss prevention coordinator for Kohl's at the Highlands;and the 9-year-old boy.

Shawn Turak is prosecuting the case for the state, where Keith Hart is Clemens'defense attorney.

During opening arguments, Turak stated it was a "hot day, the kind of hot day that you remember."

Hart later stated that at the Wheeling-Ohio County airport, 8 miles from the Highlands, a temperature of 75 degrees was recorded the time the boy was taken to the car.

The jury is composed of eight women and fourmen.

Testimony got underway at 11 a.m. and will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday with the state of West Virginia's climatologist testifying.

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Child neglect trial starts for Ohio Co. man

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