Mother says Hopewell man charged with murdering infant son is innocent

UPDATE: David Gans entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Hopewell Circuit Court.

Sentencing has been set for June 14 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: David Gans was formally indicted by the Grand Jury in Hopewell Circuit Court Tuesday morning. A trial date has been set for March 22 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: David Gans’ hearing was closed. According to an assistant in the Common Wealth Attorney’s Office, the judge determined probable cause and certified the case up to circuit court. No date has been set for the trial as of yet.

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Following a five-month investigation, A 21-year-old Hopewell man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of his infant son back in June.

Two other family members have also charged in connection to the infant’s death. Police sources tell 8News the cause of death appears to be ‘major trauma across the body.’

Their mother, Vielka Gans said she can’t believe she has three children in jail Wednesday night.

“My children are not perfect but my child is not a murderer,” Vielka Gans told 8News Reporter Tracey Smith.


This is all going on while she’s still mourning the loss of her grandchild.

“Trying to help my son through this process because I know he didn’t do anything to hurt his child,” said Gans. “So we really haven’t had a moment to mourn for Jeremiah.”

Since June she said they have been in and out of court and said they are still waiting for the autopsy results. She said Wednesday’s arrest was a complete surprise.

“Worst scenario, I would I have thought maybe neglect,” said Gans.

She is trying her best to stay strong.

“I hugged him before they took him away and he cried and I cried,” said Gans.

Gans said she stands by her children’s innocence and said if she ever thought they were guilty, she would have been the first to turn them in.

After Wednesday’s arrests, she is taking care of three of her grandchildren and holding on to faith.

“I can’t do nothing but sit and wait,” said Gans. “I think that’s just the worst part of it, sitting and waiting and not really knowing what is going on.”

Back on June 10, officers and emergency personnel in Hopewell responded to the 200 block of S. 13th Avenue at roughly 10 p.m. for an unresponsive three-week-old infant. The child was transported to John Randolph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Following a five month, multi-agency investigation, a warrant for first-degree murder was issued for the infant’s father, 21-year-old David Gans, who was arrested without on Wednesday. He was taken to Riverside Regional Jail where he is being without bond.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Taskforce also arrested 24-year-old Angelo Gans and 22-year-old Kadisha Gans on charges of failing to provide medical treatment in conjunction with the infant’s death.


The infant’s mother is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges and as of Wednesday evening had not been informed about the father’s arrest.

Gans now has a preliminary court date set for January 27 at 9 a.m.

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