2 charged in accidental shooting death of 4-year-old in Orange County

UPDATE: Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people on Monday for last week’s shooting death of a 4-year-old at an in-home daycare.

Police said Heather Massey, 27, and Nicholas Stoia, 27, are the owners of the home where the child was killed.

Massey faces 5 felony charges of child abuse and neglect and Stoia faces one felony and four misdemeanors related to the child’s death. According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Stoia is a new recruit.

The additional charges are based on the other children that were in the home at the time of the incident, police say.

Cole James Clark had just turned four the week before he died.

Both Stoia and Massey are in the Orange County Jail with no bond.

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Orange County Police are investigating after a four-year-old child shoots himself at a home of a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office recruit.

Authorities say that at approximately 12:45 p.m., the Orange Sheriff’s Office received a call that a four-year-old child had gotten a gun and shot himself at a home off of Mine Run Road.

When crews arrived at the home, they tried to perform life-saving measures but were ultimately unsuccessful, and the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We had a number of units that went there along with fire rescue of local folks trying to save the child, but unfortunately weren’t able to,” Chief Deputy Mike LaCasse with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office explained.

In a release, the sheriff’s office said the home is the residence of a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office recruit who is currently enrolled at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

Police say the firearm involved in the shooting was not a service weapon.

Parents in the Locust Grove community told 8News they held their children a little closer as news spread of the tragic accidental shooting death.

“It brought tears to my eyes, you know, having a four-year-old son of my own,” said Susan Marsee, who lives nearby. “I can’t imagine him being taken away from me for any reason.”

Investigators of the Orange Sheriff’s Office are investigating this incident and no further information will be released until the investigation is complete.

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