Suspect Charged in Connection With Kidnapping of 6-Year-Old in Wheeling Waives Right to Hearing

Val A. Winer Jr., the Moundsville man accused of being involved in the kidnapping of a 6-year-old, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Ohio County Magistrate George Fahey said Winer Jr.’s case will be sent to the grand jury, which likely will meet in January.

Winer Jr.’s attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, said he may petition for a bond reduction hearing. The 44-year-old Winer Jr.’s bond is set at $30,000 cash and he remains in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.

The charges stem from a Sept. 20 incident where boy’s father, who lives in the Fulton area of the city, said his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Brecca Shian Steele, 25, of Moundsville, had demanded their child. She allegedly told him that “something bad will happen” if he did not surrender their son.

About 9 p.m. that day, police say the child’s grandmother, Valerie Kay Hall, 45, of Moundsville, Winer Jr. and his father Val Andrew Winer Sr., 68, of Moundsville, drove up in a pickup truck and arrived at the house. While the father locked the doors and retreated, Winer Jr. allegedly smashed through the glass door with an ax, at which point they allegedly struggled for the weapon. While the two men fought, Hall was said to have grabbed the child and ran out the door.

An Amber Alert was issued on the morning of Sept. 21. Police in Marshall County found the boy about 90 minutes after they issued the alert.

Hall and Winer Jr. both face charges of burglary, conspiracy and abduction. Fahey dismissed Winer Sr. and Steele’s charges without prejudice on Oct. 3.

The order to dismiss indicates the charges were dropped pending further investigation.

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