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Lesage man lights himself on fire, faces charges

Nov. 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

MILTON -- What initially was a call for a possible cardiac arrest patient last month ended this week with the victim being taken to jail on child neglect and wanton endangerment charges.

James Lee Dailey, 35, of Lesage, was charged with three felony counts of child neglect creating risk of injury and wanton endangerment following an incident that took place Oct. 10 at a home in Milton.

The case was investigated by the Milton Police Department and the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

Police and emergency personnel responded to the home along Damon Avenue for a report of a cardiac arrest incident, according to criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Emergency personnel found Dailey in a bathroom in the residence with severe burns on the top half of his body, and they transported him to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment, deputies said in the complaint.

EMS workers said Dailey admitted to melting a Fentanyl patch in a spoon and inadvertently lighting himself on fire. He also told EMS workers he had injected 100 milligrams of Fentanyl just before the incident.

Deputies found two bottles of rubbing alcohol, a metal spoon, several syringes and a bottle of vitamin C, all of which are used in the alteration of the drug for injection, according to the criminal compliant.

A woman at the scene said she was taking a phone call on the porch and found Dailey when she finished the call and went inside.

She said she had to force her way into the bathroom because Dailey was unresponsive, according to the complaint. She found Dailey lying face down on the floor and poured water over him before calling 911.

Three children, ages 6 and 13, were at the residence along with a third adult, all of whom were "in imminent danger" as a result of Dailey's actions, deputies said in the complaint.

Warrants were issued for Dailey's arrest the day of the incident, and he was arrested Monday. He was incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail on Monday on a $100,000 bond.

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