Mechanicsville man charged second time with child abuse

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A Mechanicsville man has been arrested a second time on charges of felony child abuse of a 10-month-old infant.

The Hanover County Sheriff's Office has confirmed Russell Talley was arrested again this morning.  He's being charged with felony child abuse and is currently being held without bond.

The new charge stems from the baby's head injury in which Talley was also charged with felony malicious bodily injury.  The sheriff's office is still investigating other injuries the baby had when it was taken to the hospital.

Talley, 31, was charged the first time with causing "malicious bodily injury." The mother says the baby was hurt so badly, he was paralyzed in the left side of his body.

This baby suffered a severe head injury in December.

Neighbors say they have a hard time understanding how someone could hurt a child.

Talley was arrested Tuesday night after the Hanover County Sheriff's Office says he intentionally hurt a 10-month-old infant.  Talley was freed after posting bail shortly after being arrested.

Kay McAlister lives on the same block as the hurt baby. "It really upset me hearing about this child," she said.

She has several children of her own and says she can't understand why someone would hurt such a young child.

"It made me sick to my stomach," she said.  "It made me cry. I don't have the words for it. I mean I'm horrified."

The baby's mother declined to talk on camera but says Talley was a long-time friend and did not live in her home.

The infant's mother says the baby is now paralyzed in his left side. The Sheriff's Office says the baby had other, older injuries that it is still investigating.

Talley was not around when we stopped by his home today. His mother said her family had no comment.

Talley is expected to be back in court next Wednesday.

Malicious bodily injury is a class three felony punishable by five to 20 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

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