Updated: 4 Arrests Made after Early Morning Amber Alert

Four Family Members Charged in Child Abduction

By HEATHER ZIEGLER

Associate City Editor

WHEELING — A 6-year-old local boy is safe and four of his relatives, including his mother, have been arrested after the child was forcibly removed from his father’s home in the Fulton area of Wheeling on Thursday night.

The Wheeling Police Department and the West Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert at about4 a.m. today for the missing boy who officials believed was taken to a home of maternal relatives in Marshall County. Reportedly, a member of the boy’s mother’s family used an ax to break down the door at the boy’s home. The boy was then placed in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado which then left the scene.

At a press conference this morning at police headquarters,Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the boy was found safe and unharmed about 90 minutes after the Amber Alert was issued. The boy was located with his mother, Brecca Shian Steele, at a Moundsville residence.

At press time, the boy was being evaluated by Child Protective Services as the investigation is in progress.

Although the boy was taken at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Schwertfeger said his department and State Police officials agreed to search the Marshall County area before issuing the Amber Alert because they believed the boy was with relatives there.

“Knowing they were close maternal relatives, other than what transpired at the father’s residence, we did not necessarily believe the child was in any danger,ã the chief said.

Schwertfeger said Moundsville Police officers located one of four suspects, and shortly after that, three others allegedly involved in the abduction. turned themselves into Moundsville police.

Steele, 25, of Moundsville, was charged with conspiracy. Also arrested were her mother, Valerie Kay Hall, 45, her father, Val Andrew Winer Sr., 68, and her brother, Val Andrew Winer Jr., 44, all of Moundsville. Hall and the Winers were each charged with abduction, burglary and conspiracy.

I’m glad the child is well. I’m not happy with what the boy had to experience last night. Those charges are warranted,” Schwertfeger said.

The chief thanked his officers, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Moundsville Police Department for their assistance in resolving the case.

4 Arrests Made after Early Morning Amber Alert

Four people have been arrested and are facing criminal charges by the Wheeling Police Department after an early morning Amber Alert was issued.

At 8:55 p.m., Thursday night a 911 call was made by a man in the 400 block of National Road saying forced entry was made into his residence and his child was removed from the upstairs. The suspects in this case were close maternal relatives of the 6-year-old boy.

Early this morning, an Amber Alert was issued by the West Virginia State Police. About 90 minutes later, the child was found with his mother, unharmed and safe in Moundsville.

The Wheeling Police Department had assistance from the West Virginia State Police, the Moundsville Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriffs Office.

Arrested:

Valarie Kay Hall, 45 of Moundsville

Abduction (W.Va. Code 61-2-14(b))

Burglary (W.Va. Code 61-3-11)

Conspiracy (W.Va. Code 61-10-31)

Val Andrew Winer, Sr., 68 of Moundsville

Abduction (W.Va. Code 61-2-14(b))

Burglary (W.Va. Code 61-3-11)

Conspiracy (W.Va. Code 61-10-31)

Val Andrew Winer, Jr., 44 of Moundsville

Abduction (W.Va. Code 61-2-14(b))

Burglary (W.Va. Code 61-3-11)

Conspiracy (W.Va. Code 61-10-31)

Brecca Shian Steele, 25 of Moundsville

Conspiracy (W.Va. Code 61-10-31)

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