LEWISBURG, WV (LOOTPRESS) UPDATE – On December 5th, 2023, at 6:27pm the Lewisburg Police Department, the Lewisburg Fire Department, the Greenbrier County Emergency Ambulance Service and the Whitte Sulphur Springs Emergency Medical Service responded to Northridge Drive in Lewisburg in reference to an unresponsive 3-year-old male.
The 3-year-old was transported to the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and then on to Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. On December 6th, 2023, Robert F. Reinhold III, 22 of Lewisburg was arrested by the Lewisburg Police Department and charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Injury and Malicious or Unlawful Assault and was held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000.00 cash only bond, both charges are felonies.
On December 11th, 2023, the 3-year-old male passed away at the Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. On that same day Kimberly A. Sears, 26 of Lewisburg was arrested in Roanoke Va. on warrants from Greenbrier County W.V. and charged with Death of a Child by a parent, Guardian or Custodian or Other Person by Child Abuse and is expected to be extradited back to WV.
On December 13, 2023 Robert F. Reinhold III appeared in the Greenbrier County Magistrate Court where the original Charge of Child Abuse Resulting in Injury and Malicious or Unlawful Assault was dismissed and he was re-charged with Death of a Child by a parent, Guardian or Custodian or Other Person by Child Abuse, this charge is a felony and carries a penalty of 15 years to life in prison.
This investigation is on-going and anyone with any information is urged to contact the Lewisburg Police Department at 304-645-1626. The lead investigators in this case are Cpl. J.T. Williams II and Sgt. D.B. Eggleston of the Lewisburg Police Department in consultation with the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and they were assisted by several other officers of the Lewisburg Police Department, the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and the WV State Police.
LEWISBURG, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A Greenbrier County man faces multiple felony charges in relation to an incident on Tuesday involving the abuse and assault of a child.
According to reports from the Greenbrier County law enforcement, first responders were called to the scene of a purported accident on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. The child involved was said by the caller to have fallen and hit his head.
Upon departure from the scene, Lewisburg Fire Department members advised that the incident in question did not appear to be the result of a simple fall.
Law enforcement responded to the apartment where the incident had occurred and made contact with Robert Francis Reinhold III – 22 years old of Lewisburg, WV – who stated the child had fallen and hit his head on the residence’s carpet covered floor. Reinhold further stated that he contacted the child’s mother, who had been at work at the time of the fall and was instructed to contact 911.
After extensive interviews and examination of the scene, authorities learned from Reinhold that during the fall, the child’s “head may have hit the dresser drawer.”
Corporal Williams, along with Sgt. Eggleston of the Lewisburg Police Department, obtained a copy of the original 911 call and examined the audio at the Greenbrier County 911 Center. The call reportedly contains audio of what appeared to be Reinhold slapping the child while stating that he would not open his eyes and that his body was limp.
Based on the information available and law enforcement’s understanding of the events which occurred, Robert Francis Reinhold was arrested and charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Injury and Malicious or Unlawful Assault.
Reinhold is currently being held at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond, according to the Lewisburg Police Department. The condition of the child involved in the aforementioned incidents has not been disclosed at the time of writing.
Those with any additional information in relation to this investigation have been encouraged to contact the Lewisburg Police Department at (304) 645-1626.