HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Three people already facing child abuse charges in connection to the death of a 3-year-old Henrico boy have now been indicted for the child's murder.
According to search warrants, 35-year-old Clarence Raiford brought Zyon Thompson to the hospital back in April, unconscious and not breathing. Raiford allegedly said the child was twice found eating crabs or crab seasoning and used an albuterol inhaler to help. However, he took Zyon to the hospital when he found him not breathing the next morning.
When the child was examined, doctors found "bruising, abrasions, and swelling on the front and back" of his body from his head to his knees, according to court documents. The wounds were in various states of healing and doctors say they did not appear normal or part of an isolated event. A CT scan found injury to half of his brain.
Zyon's mom told police that Clarence and his wife, Alexis Raiford were watching Zyon. Alexis told the boy's mother earlier in April Zyon and other 3-year-olds put bleach in a tub and were found sitting in it. Zyon's mother noticed redness on his bottom that evening. Alexis also told officers Zyon jumped off bed and hit head on a chest of drawers, according to the court papers.
Officers searched the Oakleys Lane home and attached storage structures for evidence to support a charge of child abuse and malicious wounding. They were looking for crabs, crab seasoning, albuterol, bleach, clothing and any related evidence and seized orange food seasoning, five bloody diaper, an empty bleach container, a cat o' nine tails whip, Benadryl, a rectal gel applicator and plastic containers of budesonide inhalation suspension medicine, which is used to treat asthma.
Alexis and Clarence Raiford now face murder charges. A roommate, William Moore, is also charged with the boy's death.
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