A 20-year-old West Virginia man is accused of kidnapping a teenager, holding her hostage for a year, impregnating her and beating her until she had a miscarriage.
Brian Merchant-Jones is in custody on charges including murder and kidnapping. The girl ran away in March 2018 and said that she had been with Jones the entire time. She said Jones assaulted her almost every day and limited her contact with the outside world. She told police where she buried the fetus. She said she was also beaten just before her interview with them.