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West Virginia man accused of trying to drown woman, children in the bath to ‘baptize’

Leslie Kelly was charged last week with attempted murder, domestic battery and child abuse creating the risk of serious injury.

(West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority)

The police in West Virginia say a man who said that he attempted to baptize his wife and children in a bathtub has been charged with trying to drown them.

News outlets report 36-year-old Leslie Kelly of Chapmanville was charged last week with attempted murder, domestic battery and child abuse creating the risk of serious injury.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office, says in a press release that found Kelly’s wife outside the house soaking wet. She says Kelly held her and the children under water.

Deputy Barry Mynes Jr. says Kelly repeatedly said that he tries to be baptized, his family, and that God told him to do.

Kelly is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on $ 100,000 bond. The jail records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.

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