Hillberry Denies Beating, Shaking Her Baby

Whittany A. Hillberry trembled Wednesday as she told Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims she is not guilty of shaking and beating her infant child.

A direct Ohio County grand jury indictment alleges that from Feb. 20 through March 9, Hillberry, 23, of Triadelphia beat and shook her 14-month-old child sever times, causing head injuries.

The grand jury charged her with five counts of child abuse resulting in injury and five counts of child abuse.

During docket day proceedings before Sims on Wednesday, Chief Public Defender Shane Welling entered not guilty pleas on each charge.

He also told the judge a competency evaluation may be needed for this client.

State Police Trooper Scott Adams said the investigation began in March when Hillberry took the child to the Ohio Valley Medical Center emergency room.

“Hospital personnel notified Ohio County Child Protective Services after evaluating the injuries,” Adams said.

Adams said the child presented subdural hemotoma injuries which cause bleeding in the eyes and are consistent with shaking; and head injuries caused by being struck.

He said the baby was taken from OVMC to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where he remained for at least one month.

Sims set a trial date of May 5.

In addition to the Hillberry case, Sims accepted not guilty pleas and set trial dates for 11 other defendants indicted by the January grand jury.