"He may have died of natural causes, but the fact is she denied him the opportunity for care," Baylous said. "She had turned hospice away from entering that home on several previous attempts."
At her arraignment Thursday in Braxton County Magistrate Court, Brown admitted to a previous conviction on a meth-related conspiracy charge.
State Police recently introduced a new computerized system to help keep track of children they believe are in unsafe home environments due to drugs, neglect or other problems in the home.
"We run into that almost on a daily basis," Baylous said. "These types of things are maddening to us. We've got a lot of troopers who are fathers and mothers.
"As a father of four, this just infuriates me to think that an 8-year-old child spent the last hours before his death in a situation where there was no love or compassion," Baylous said of the Burroughs case.
According to a criminal complaint on file in Braxton County Magistrate Court, Brown asked the hospice worker not to hurt her son when Jones and the hospice worker were finally allowed inside. Brown has another child, who was not at home at the time.
Brown remained in the Central Regional Jail on Friday, with bail set at $100,000 cash only.
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