A Virginia woman was charged with second-degree murder as well as child abuse and neglect after a 3-year-old child was found dead in her care.
Hope McVey Perdue may soon face prison time after 3-year-old Callen Lee Mullins was found dead on May 12.
The child was discovered by Hope's husband, David Perdue.
He then “placed a 911 call from his residence … in reference to an unconscious child,” according to a statement by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
He said the boy “appeared to have been severely beaten.”
Hope fled the scene through the back door of her house before officials arrived.
According to the statement, “Rescue squad members continued to attempt to revive the toddler. Despite their efforts, the child was pronounced dead at the scene.”
What followed was a 12-hour manhunt for Hope involving numerous law enforcement agencies.
She was later discovered in a residential home’s garage near Glade Hill, Virginia.
Officials arraigned Hope on May 13. She is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. No bail has been set for her.
The boy’s biological grandmother told reporters that the Perdues had temporary custody of the boy while his mother dealt with medical issues.
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