Cumberland Times-News

January 31, 2014

A dozen victims may have been abused at Potomac Center

State police identify up to 10 suspects

Marla Pisciotta
Cumberland Times-News

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — As the investigation continues into the alleged abuse of children at the Potomac Center in Romney, up to 12 victims ages 7 to 17 have been identified, according to the West Virginia State Police.

“We have a potential of up to 10 suspects involved,” Lt. Michael Baylous said.

Twenty-four children were removed from the Potomac Center by officials of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Jan. 16 and 17.

The Potomac Center is a contractor for the DHHR and is not a state-run facility. It is run by staff and officials and periodically checked by DHHR.

The investigation includes the DHHR, state police and Hampshire County Prosecuting Attorney Dan James.