Holley Child Neglect Case Continued

Ruby Lynn Holley will stay in jail pending her initial appearance before a magistrate on a charge of child neglect creating serious risk of bodily harm or death.

Holley, 33, of 1115 1/2 Lind St., Wheeling, waived her right to have a preliminary hearing Monday before Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe.

Radcliffe denied a motion by Assistant Public Defender James Tiu for a bond modification that would have changed the bond from $5,000 cash to a corporate surety, allowing Holley to use a bond company.

Wheeling police arrested Holley on Friday after they found her infant daughter lying in the stroller shortly before 3 a.m. parked against a fence and partially obstructing traffic. A police report states an officer spotted the stroller resting against a fence as he was responding to a call at Holley’s residence concerning a domestic dispute.

According to the report, the officer was traveling east on Lind Street near 14th Street when he saw the stroller resting against a fence and positioned at the bottom of a small hill and curve. He stopped when he noticed the stroller contained an infant.

The report states the officer saw Holley walking briskly down the street, rubbing her elbow as if it were injured. She appeared unsteady as she approached the stroller, which was partially obstructing traffic. She reportedly told police she was fine and that she lost her balance, fell and could not maintain control of the stroller, causing it to roll down the hill and into the fence.

The report states the child was covered by a thin blanket, and the outdoor temperature was 59 degrees at the time. The child was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center when police found her to be lethargic and not responding to verbal or painful stimuli.