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Fugitive Arrested in Monongalia County, Confesses to Burying Infant in National Forest

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MORGANTOWN - A vehicle pursuit in Monongalia County Saturday resulted in the arrest of two people, including a fugitive, and multiple criminal charges including child neglect.

Morgantown Police were investigating a suspicious vehicle with a stolen license plate in the Sabraton Sheetz parking lot at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday.  First Sgt. Matt McCabe initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the westbound ramp of Interstate 68 and Route 7 and the vehicle failed to stop.  The pursuit continued and the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police assisted in the pursuit and were able to stop the vehicle when a sheriff's department vehicle was able to get in front of it.  The driver, Joseph Christy, 32, of Colorado, was taken into custody without incident, according to Morgantown Police.  Christy was a fugitive for escape in Colorado Springs, Colorado and had stolen the vehicle from Iowa, according to police.  During the pursuit, four children in the rear of the vehicle were not restrained and the children's mother, Summer McDaniel, 26, of Maryville, Missouri, was charged with four counts of child neglect.

Interviews following the pursuit revealed that Christy and McDaniel had buried an infant child in the George Washington National Forest in the Wardensville area of West Virginia.  West Virginia State Police and members of the Morgantown Police Department responded to the burial set and unearthed the infant's remains, according to a news release from state police.  The body was sent to the medical examiner's office to determine the possible cause and time of death.  Charges have not been filed regarding the infant's death or burial at this time.

Christy and McDaniel are being held in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail each.