Cynthia G. Gaulding (Source: Nottoway County Sheriff's Office)
BLACKSTONE, VA (WWBT) -
A 5-year-old's mother has been charged with murder and child abuse, according to the Nottoway County Sheriff's Office, and will face a trial on Oct. 22.
The charges in March came almost a year after Tyson James Tharpe's mother called 911 for medical assistance. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
A medical examiner ruled the 5-year-old boy's death a homicide after determining the cause was blunt force trauma to the head.
The boy's mother, Cynthia G. Gaulding, faces three counts of child abuse and one count of murder in connection with his death.
The sheriff's office says on March 20, 2017, 911 dispatchers received a call to respond to Riddle Road in Blackstone, for medical assistance. Tyson Tharpe was treated at the scene and transported to Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where he was pronounced dead.
County child protective services investigated the death as well, and Tyson's siblings were sent to stay with other family members.