STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two parents have been charged with child abuse in Stafford County after police believe they were burning their little girl repeatedly on her face.
Carmen Robinson, 35, and Norris Robinson, 41, are charged with abuse and neglect of children and failure to secure medical attention for an injured child.
On October 21, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call requesting a welfare check on subjects who were staying at the Days Inn on Simpson Road. The caller stated that adults and children were residing there and feared the adult female may be having a mental breakdown.
Two patrol units and Virginia State Police responded and found a baby sleeping on the bed with the father standing nearby. After noticing the bathroom door was locked, authorities ordered everyone out of the room. C. Robinson then walked out of the bathroom and authorities found a five-year-old girl standing fully clothed in the bathtub with what appeared to be burn marks on her face, chin, ears and nose.
A rescue unit responded to treat the girl’s burns. Meanwhile, a search of the room found several lighters, an open bible and a phone playing something religious in nature.
“It makes you think they were trying to use their kids in a religious ritual or something,” said M.C. Morris Moncure with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
A neighbor who asked to remain anonymous told 8News this isn’t the couple’s first run-in with law enforcement.
“She used to cause a little trouble,” the neighbor explained, adding that C. Robinson would often pick fights with other residents.
“They looked like they were scared,” the neighbor added of the children.
The children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services. Both Robinsons were taken to Rappahannock Regional Jail where they are being held without bond.
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