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Former Charleston Police Officer Charged with Felony Child Abuse


According to deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, authorities executed a search warrant on Null's home along Dogwood Circle in Hurricane Thursday afternoon.  

No word yet on the results of that execution.



A former Charleston Police officer who was placed on leave in early 2015 and then was let go from the department several months later has been charged with felony child abuse in Putnam County.

Nicholas Null, 35, of Hurricane West Virginia has been arrested and charged with Child Abuse creating Risk of Injury.

According to the criminal complaint, Null picked up his daughter by the throat, screamed and yelled at her, and then dropped her to the ground on October 23rd, 2017.

The daughter was later interviewed and said that Null hit her, picked her up by the throat, and dropped her twice while screaming and yelling at her because she was angry.

The victim's sister was also interviewed and said she saw this happen.

On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, Null's wife said she saw this happen and recorded the event with her phone.

Null was placed on leave with the Charleston Police Department on February 2nd, 2015. As of September of 2015, Null was no longer employed with the department.

Null was investigated by the Charleston Police Department and the FBI.

Null had been a police officer for 12 years, most recently as a shift supervisor.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.



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