STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (TCD) — Deputies have arrested a 19-year-old father who allegedly abused and killed his 3-year-old son last week.
According to Stafford County Sheriff David Decatur, on Friday, Oct. 27, at approximately 12:25 p.m., deputies responded to a home on Richland Road in reference to a medical emergency. Once there, deputies found an unresponsive 3-year-old child and attempted lifesaving measures until Stafford County Fire and Rescue arrived.
The boy was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
The medical examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the child’s death a homicide.
According to Decatur, on Saturday, Oct. 28, detectives charged the boy’s father, Dallas Bowling, with second-degree murder and felony child abuse. He was booked into the Rappahannock Regional Jail and remains held without bond.
Bowling worked for Stafford County Fire and Rescue, WRC-TV reports.
In a statement, Stafford County Fire and Rescue said, “The allegations do not reflect the values of the department,” and Bowling has been placed on leave pending the investigation.
The department is fully cooperating with the sheriff’s office.
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