Va. Beach man found guilty of killing girlfriend's toddler

Va. Beach man found guilty of killing girlfriend's toddler

Credit: Va. Beach Police Dept.

Jerrell Edwards

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 7:09 AM

Child death investigation

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Child death investigation

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UPDATE SEPT. 19, 2013:  Jerrell Cortez Edwards was found guilty by a jury of second degree felony murder and child abuse/neglect.    The jury recommended he serve 30 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick will formally sentence Edwards on December 9, 2013.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen. 

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy and have arrested his mother's boyfriend.

Police say Jerrell Edwards was caring for the boy, Jaidan Lewis, in their Joslin Street home on April 5, that's housing on Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek.  They say he put the child to sleep, and when he checked on him later, the child was unresponsive.  Edwards called for help and the little boy was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Edwards, 23, is in jail without bond on a charge of felony child neglect.   A determination of counsel hearing is set for April 24 and a preliminary hearing date should be set at that time, Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Macie Pridgen told WVEC.com.

Police say an autopsy will be done to determine how the toddler died.

 

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