The death of an infant at a Tazewell County hospital prompted an investigation by law enforcement agencies.
Deputies said that a 911 call on Wednesday indicated that the 8-month-old boy was not breathing. The infant was taken to Clinch Valley Medical Center, where it was determined that the child had already died. The medical center staff had concerns about what had happened and an investigation was opened because of those concerns and from what was said in the 911 call.
"The people that brought the child in they kept the child over night they mother had left the child and they had a story as what happened and what evidence we were looking at just didn't match the story we were being told," Sheriff Brian Hieatt said.
Search warrants were issued for law enforcement officers to go through two homes that are located in the Richlands and Road Ridge areas. The warrants also included a search of a vehicle. Officers arrested Monica Walker, 27, and William "Willie Hilbert, 45, were both charged with Causing Serious Injury to a Child Under the Age of 18. Star Adams, 20, was charges with Abandonment of a Child. Both charges fall under the same section of the Virginia Code section 18.2-371.1.
The three are being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority in Tazewell County. Additional charges could be still be filed in the case. The case is under investigation by the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, the Commonwealth Attorney, the Department of Social Services and the Virginia State Police. The Richlands Police Department also assisted investigators.