- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An Eskdale man is charged with abuse of an incapacitated adult after police say he beat his developmentally disabled 46-year-old stepdaughter multiple times.

Deputy D.A. Cadle II met Teresa Peters and her sister, Jamie Taylor, Sunday in the emergency room at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital to investigate reports of an assault, according to a criminal complaint filed with Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Peters told Kanawha sheriff’s deputies, “Daddy fights me in the belly,” according to the complaint. Deputies described Peters as possessing the mental faculties of a 3-year-old.

Peters showed him how her stepfather, Charles Eugene Smith, 62, would use his fist to punch her in the stomach.

“Daddy drinks beer and fights me all of the time,” she told Cadle, he wrote. She repeatedly told him, “I’m scared of Daddy.”

Peters had multiple large bruises on her abdomen, Cadle wrote, which would be consistent with her description of the attacks. Peters lived with Smith in the 100 block of Fraker Drive in Eskdale during a period of what Cadle believed to be extended abuse.

Taylor told Cadle that Smith has been physically abusive to them both throughout their lives, he wrote. She said she took Peters to her home on Friday, adding that Peters had the bruises then, but she wasn’t yet able to drive her to the hospital.

Taylor told Cadle she’s tried to gain custody of Peters because Smith continuously deprives her access to health and dental care, Cadle wrote. She said the abuse happened because Peters lives in constant agony due to uncorrected teeth.

Taylor said Smith refused her attempts to get Peters’ teeth corrected, Cadle wrote. Due to her disability, Peters is incapable of taking care of herself.

Smith was arrested Sunday and booked into South Central Regional Jail, where he remains held on $50,000 bail.

Reach Tyler Bell at [email protected], 304-348-4850 or follow @Tyler_Bell87 on Twitter.

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