PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVNS) -- A sentencing hearing was held in Mercer County in a fatal child-neglect case. Candice Jones and John Powers went before Judge Wills on Monday, Oct. 19.
Jones will serve three to 15 years for child neglect resulting in death. John Powers will serve 15 years to life. Powers was sentenced for two to 10 years for child neglect resulting in death, and 15 years to life for death of a child by a parent or guardian. Powers' sentences will run back to back.
Jones told police Powers had been physically abusive toward the victim for around three to four weeks. This included treating an arm injury with a heated Meal Ready to Eat (MRE). Jones said that is what caused the third-degree burn.
Jones told troopers that the brain injuries were caused during an incident which started with potty training. Powers allegedly became enraged and shook the boy and eventually “body-slammed him into the tub.” That is when the victim fell limp.