The Harrison County Sheriff's Department has arrested an employee of Miracle Meadows School on allegations of child abuse.
Timothy Aaron Arrington, of Salem, was brought in after an arrest warrant was executed by the Sheriff's Department at 3 p.m. on Thursday, with assistance from the WV State Police and the Bridgeport Police Department.
According to a press release from Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer, the allegations are Arrington choked a child resident to the point of unconsciousness.
He is charged with one count of Child Abuse by a Custodian of a Child.
Nineteen children, between the ages of 10 and 17 have been removed from the school and are currently in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.
Miracle Meadows School is listed as a Christian boarding school affiliated as a Seventh-day Adventist supporting ministry. The students enrolled are boys and girls, 6 to 18 years of age, who "are experiencing defiance, dishonesty, school failure, trouble with the law, spiritual disinterest, poor social skills, adoption issues and other behavior that is harmful to them and to others," according to the school's website.
It operates 12 months a year and can facilitate up to 40 students in 2 home-style dormitories, with 30 to 34 staff members.
The Sheriff's Department and the Prosecuting Attorney have opened and are conducting a criminal investigation into the treatment of all the children who resided at this school.