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W.Va. prosecutor's ex-wife makes abuse claim

February 27, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating claims by the former wife of Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants that he used excessive discipline on one of their children. He says the allegation is politically motivated.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says a complaint made by Allison Plants against Mark Plants is being investigated by the Crimes Against Children Unit.

Mark Plants said Thursday he and his ex-wife had an agreement that spanking their children was an appropriate form of discipline.

The Plants have two sons and were divorced in 2012. Mark Plants remarried in December.

Media outlets report Mark Plants calls the allegations "political mudslinging" because Allison Plants has hired Charleston attorney Mike Clifford, a former county prosecutor.

Mark Plants says he is cooperating with investigators.



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