Felony child neglect charges dismissed for Petersburg mother

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Felony child neglect charges were dismissed in court today for a Petersburg mother.

The 2-year-old daughter of Shavonda Turner, 31, died last month from complications from a congenital heart defect.

Police say Turner admitted that her daughter displayed breathing problems earlier that day and she failed to get help.

The commonwealth attorney filed a motion to dismiss and the judge accepted.  At first police believed there was wrongdoing, but after further investigating and learning the child had a birth defect, it was determined there was no wrongdoing.

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