Mother Appears in Court for Child Abuse Hearing

Photo by Alan Olson Kayla Blake, with attorney Joe Anderson, waives her right to a preliminary hearing Friday on a charge of child neglect resulting in injury.

A man and woman appeared in court Friday after police said their young child was found covered in bite marks.

On April 3, police responded to a call to a Moundsville apartment, where a babysitter reported she discovered one of the children in her care had numerous bruises and bite marks while bathing the child. The children were taken to WVU Medicine-Reynolds Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Police located and spoke with the child’s mother, Kayla Blake, and her boyfriend, Cory Nochta.

Nochta, 20, allegedly told police he suffers from anger and depression issues and may have caused the injuries to the 1-year-old child, but did not remember doing so. The following day, Nochta again spoke with police and allegedly admitted to biting the child several times while playing, including twice on the arm and once on the buttocks, and that he had done so in the past.

Blake told police she first became aware of the injuries to the child several days earlier, questioning Nochta about the bite marks before determining they were caused by a toilet seat chair.

The hospital determined the child sustained six injuries in different locations from bites. Photos provided to the court show heavy bruising on the child’s arm, chest and buttocks.

Blake’s preliminary hearing was waived Friday morning, although Magistrate Mark Kerwood granted a motion by her attorney, Joe Anderson, to reduce her bond from $15,000 to $5,000.

Nochta, who was also to appear Friday morning, had his hearing continued due to a conflict with his attorney and is expected to be in court next week.

As of Friday afternoon, both Blake and Nochta remain jailed. Nochta’s bail remains at $15,000.

Nochta faces charges of child abuse resulting in injury, while Blake faces a charge of child neglect resulting in injury.


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