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Four-year-old shot in Cross Lanes; parents charged

By Rusty Marks, Staff writer and Travis Crum
KENNY KEMP | Gazette
John Seymour, 23, and Tabitha Bowen, 24, were arrested Monday afternoon and charged with child neglect causing serious bodily injury. The couple’s daughter, Kasey Seymour, 4, was accidentally shot Monday morning in Cross Lanes.
CHIP ELLIS | Gazette Charleston city detectives exit the emergency room at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a 4-year-old was dropped off at the hospital Monday morning suffering from a gunshot wound.
KENNY KEMP | Gazette Deputies believe Kasey Seymour, 4, was accidentally shot by her 5-year-old brother as her parents slept at a mobile home off Hurley Drive. John Seymour, 23, and Tabitha Bowen, 24, were arrested Monday afternoon and charged with child neglect causing serious bodily injury.

Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies have arrested the father and mother of a 4-year-old girl who was accidentally shot Monday morning in Cross Lanes.

John Seymour, 23, and Tabitha Bowen, 24, were arrested Monday afternoon and charged with child neglect causing serious bodily injury, according to Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

Crosier said deputies believe Kasey Seymour, 4, was accidentally shot by her 5-year-old brother as her parents slept at a mobile home off Hurley Drive. Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said the child was dropped off at Thomas Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound at about 10:30 a.m.

Authorities initially thought the girl had been shot on Sissonville Drive, but Crosier said the girl was actually shot in Cross Lanes.

He said Kasey Seymour was taken to the hospital by her parents. Crosier said Bowen stayed with the child, but John Seymour left with the girl’s 5-year-old brother and infant sister.

Authorities later caught up with John Seymour at the family’s trailer in Cross Lanes. Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster also said Charleston police searched a house on Sissonville Drive inside city limits as part of the investigation.

Crosier said Kasey Seymour was in stable condition Monday afternoon with a small-caliber gunshot wound to her arm.

Neighbors said the family keeps to themselves, especially John Seymour who only stares at them, even when they wave hello.

No one has spoken more than a handful of words to him, several neighbors said.

Tammy Pauley lives in a trailer beside the family. Pauley said the couple has lived on Hurley Drive less than a year, but Pauley said she’s been woken up many times to the sounds of screaming between the couple.

She would often talk to Bowen, whom she described as a “sweet girl” and said she is “bullied” by Seymour.

She never had a problem with Seymour except one occasion this winter, in which Seymour accused Pauley’s children of knocking down a snowman that his children had built. He never said anything to Pauley, but she said he verbally scolded her two children.

Some time between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Monday, Pauley said she and her husband both heard a loud popping noise.

“We just said it was probably one of the cats that had got underneath the house,” Pauley said.

Looking back, the sound could have been a gunshot, she said.

Dena Williams, who lives in a trailer near the family, said her dog heard something that disturbed him early Monday morning, but she never heard it.

“You get so used to hearing noises around here that you just get used to it,” Williams said. “I feel so bad about just dismissing it.”

Connie Huddle lives in a double-wide trailer at the end of the street. She watched on her security cameras as a red truck pulled out of the trailer at about 10 a.m., she said.

The truck caught her attention because it was speeding out of the roadway in a panic, Huddle said. She did not hear anything out of the ordinary beforehand.

The truck returned a short while later, and Huddle watched John Seymour get out with his son and infant daughter.

John Seymour and Bowen were arraigned Monday evening in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215. Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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