FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS/WRIC) — A Franklin County woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of a 3-year-old child that was in her care.
Deputies say that around 3:56 a.m. on Tuesday, David Perdue called 911 from is home, located in the 7000 block of Old Franklin Turnpike, for an unconscious child. Perdue said the child appeared to have been severely beaten.
Emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Rescue crews determined the child was not breathing when they arrived on scene.
Police say Hope Perdue, the custodial guardian of the 3-year-old, fled the scene on foot before officers made it to the scene. After arriving on scene, deputies began searching for Perdue.
Rescue squad members continued to attempt to revive the toddler. Despite their efforts, the child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several law enforcement agencies got involved in the 12-hour search for Perdue. They made a break in the search after an anonymous tip about a sighting of Perdue came in. She was located inside a garage at a home in the 500 block of Byrd’s Mill Road. She was taken into custody without incident.
The Sheriff’s Office says Hope Perdue has been charged with second-degree murder as well as felony abuse and neglect of the three-year-old. She is being transferred to the Western Virginia Regional Jail where she will be held without bond.
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