Officers with the Charleston Police Department arrived on scene first, according to Lt. Shawn Williams. Williams said that they decided, because of the pending State Police investigation involving Plants, they would hand this incident over to troopers.
Troopers arrived on scene. Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police said Mark Plants and his son were at the middle school together. At some point, he said, the boy texted his mother, saying he wanted her to come get him because he didn't want to be there anymore.
So Allison Plants, Mark's ex-wife, went to pick their son up. That's when "something happened," according to troopers. We were not told the exact details of the quarrel, but troopers said it was a "custody arrangement that needs to be settled by a judge."
Authorities couldn't say who made that 911 call, or if there were multiple calls made from the school. While our crews were on the scene, troopers were taking statements from Sarah Plants, Mark's current wife who is also his former secretary, and the child involved.
Sgt. Baylous said the investigating troopers called the family court judge involved in the ongoing Plants saga, and they don't believe there were any violations so no charges were filed. However, there is a protective order in place that says Mark Plants and his ex-wife cannot have contact.
Plants, in the meantime, has been ordered to take part in domestic violence classes after he admitted back in March to hitting his oldest son with a belt, causing a 6 to 7 inch bruise on the back of his leg. Also in March, Plants was charged with violating a protective order.
We are working to get a recording of the 911 call. It was unavailable at the time we requested it.