UPDATE: Convictions in toddler’s death overturned, new trial ordered

UPDATE: (Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 12:15 pm) – PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – A judge has overturned the convictions of a West Virginia couple on murder and neglect charges in the death of their toddler, who appeared to have been starved to death.

Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Mark Wills ordered a new trial during a Tuesday hearing for Corey Steven Moore, 30, and Christy Ann Moore, 28, of Princeton, The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported.

Jurors found the couple guilty last year of intentional acts and negligent acts resulting in the death of 20-month-old Jeremiah, who was malnourished and underweight when he died in 2018 shortly after being taken to a hospital.

“That verdict is legally inconsistent,” Wills said. ’It’s either one way or the other. Their actions either intentionally caused the death or negligently caused the death.”

Wills said he should have instructed jurors differently and so had to vacate the conviction and order a new trial.


UPDATE: A trial date has been set for a West Virginia couple charged with murder and neglect after authorities said their toddler appeared to have been starved to death.

It has been reported that Christy Moore and Corey Moore are now scheduled to stand trail May 14. The delay was due to Corey Moore’s attorney requesting a mental health evaluation that’s set for Tuesday.


PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – A Mercer County couple has been arrested after their 21-month-old child died after being malnourished.

Corey Steven Moore, 29 and Christy Ann Moore, 26 are charged with child neglect resulting in death.  Deputies say, the 21-month-old child, was unresponsive and brought to Princeton Community Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

The child lost about 14-18 pounds since November 1. The child was malnourished and pale.   The parents said the child refused to eat.

Both are being held in the Southern Regional Jail under a 25,000 dollar bond.

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