EPD Statement Regarding Afternoon Arrest Near Railroad Avenue
Statement of EPD Chief Travis C. Bennett:
“This afternoon Elkins Police Department officers responded to the alley between S. Davis Avenue and S. Railroad Avenue for a report of a female subject attempting to drown a child in a water puddle.
“Prior to officers’ arrival, bystanders and City of Elkins Sanitation Department employees were able to pull the suspect off the child and remove the child to safety. The child was transported to Davis Medical Center by EPD.
“Officers located and arrested the suspect, identified as Catherine Briggs, near the scene of the incident. Briggs is charged with 1 count of child abuse creating serious injury or death. This incident is still under investigation and more charges are likely.”
Chief of Police