FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC | WSLS) — Search warrants reveal new information about the death of 3-year-old Callen Mullins in Franklin County.
Callen’s caretaker, Hope McVey Perdue, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection to Callen’s death.
According to search warrants filed in Roanoke County, David Perdue told investigators that his wife, Hope, was the last person to hold Callen the morning he died. David told investigators that Callen was alive and injury-free before he was handed over to Hope, 8News sister station WSLS reports.
The search warrants also show David and Hope told investigators they smoked marijuana and drank alcohol the night of Callen’s death.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a severely beaten child just before 4 a.m. last week on May 12. Emergency crews tried to revive the child, but he died at the scene.
After David Perdue made the call, Hope fled the scene. A search was conducted and she was later found in a nearby garage and arrested.
Additional search warrants in Franklin County have been sealed by the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
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