DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A Dinwiddie mother and her boyfriend are both charged with neglect and abuse after authorities say they found an 8-month-old girl unresponsive in their home. Authorities rushed her to the hospital but she didn’t make it.
NBC 12 received a tip about this case and was the first to ask deputies for details. Wednesday, authorities confirmed they suspect foul play by those that cared for the baby. That’s why this case is so disheartening to the suspect’s neighbors.
In Dinwiddie’s Green Acres mobile home community, just about everyone knows everyone.
“Normally kids playing ... Lots of kids; lots of families," a neighbor said.
Among them are 22-year-old Aurelia Jorge and her boyfriend 20-year-old Tyrese Mayo. Dinwiddie deputies charged them with child neglect, abuse, and cruelty to a child after they showed up to their home last month. They found an 8-month-old girl unresponsive and rushed her to the hospital but she didn’t survive. The couple is being held at the Meherrin Regional Jail. Authorities say more charges are expected.
“If they caused death to their 8-month-old baby, they should deal with the consequences,” said Leah Green.
NBC 12 spoke with people in the couple’s community off Boydton Plank Rd.
“I’ve got kids of my own. I can’t even fathom … An 8-month-old unresponsive child, I want to know what the parents have done wrong,” said a woman who asked not to be identified.
Authorities haven’t released the specifics but they say the case is suspicious. They even removed a different child from the couple’s home.
“It’s a sad situation, all the stuff going on right now. A child is an innocent kid ... Any child born into the world is a blessing. When something happens like that, you’re blocking a blessing,” another neighbor added.
The Medical Examiner is working to determine what led to the baby’s death.
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