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Man Accused Of Baby’s Death Plans To Marry Infant’s Mother

November 9th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports that after Cory Orndorff of Green Spring posted bail for being charged with child abuse resulting in death, he and the child’s mother applied for a marriage license at the Hampshire County Clerk’s Office.

Hampshire County prosecuting attorney Dan James asked Magistrate Shirley Timbrook to increase bail on Orndorff to a half million dollars during this week’s preliminary hearing.

Orndorff’s attorney, Jonathan Brill, asked that the bail be reduced.

Timbrook refused to grant the requests and the bail remained at $150,000.

On Monday, Orndorff posted bail and is out of jail, Sonja Embry, circuit clerk said.

Orndorff, 22, was arrested in October and charged with child abuse resulting in death and two counts of abuse to 18-month-old Leah Grace Barnes, with the alleged abuse resulting in injury after authorities received preliminary autopsy results from the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.

At the time police said there were visible injuries to the child.

Orndorff and Brooklyn N. Barnes, the mother of Leah Barnes, applied for a marriage license at the county clerk’s office Thursday.

One of the issues that surfaced during the court hearing was that Orndorff admitted biting the child because, he said, she bit him first.

Orndorff was alone with the child Oct. 18 when the mother went to work.

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