UPDATE: Grandfather accused of child abuse pleads guilty

Posted by Phil Riggan – email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - One of the grandparents accused of abusing their 8-year-old granddaughter appeared in a Louisa County court Monday.

The grandfather, Ronald Jewell plead guilty today to one count of felony child neglect.  A second charge of felony child neglect was dropped. As part of the plea, he will serve six months (which is essentially time-served since he has been in jail since arrest) and no contact with his grandchildren until they are of the age 18.

Both Ronald and his wife, 49-year-old Laura Jewell, faced abuse charges.

Laura already pled guilty last month to felony child abuse, neglect and malicious wounding in the case.

She could face up to 30 years in prison when sentenced in February.

The trial was scheduled to begin Thursday, but is not needed due to the plea deal.

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