UNNAMED BOY - 3 yo (5/2015)/ Charged: Foster mother; Hope Perdue - Franklin County VA

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UNNAMED BOY - 3 yo (5/2015)/ Charged: Foster mother; Hope Perdue - Franklin County VA

Post by mom_in_il on Wed May 13, 2015 3:31 pm

Perdue charged with second-degree murder, felony child abuse and neglect in connection to death of 3-year-old boy
Hope McVey Perdue was the subject of a 12-hour search Tuesday

WDBJ7 Reporter Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
POSTED: 08:56 AM EDT May 13, 2015    
UPDATED: 10:54 AM EDT May 13, 2015



Franklin County, VA - Hope McVey Perdue, the custodial guardian of a 3-year-old boy who was found dead Tuesday morning in Franklin County, has been charged with non-capital second-degree murder and felony child abuse and neglect in connection to the child’s death.

Perdue was arraigned Wednesday morning in Franklin County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She is being represented by David Furrow, according to the clerk's office.

Perdue was the subject of a 12-hour search Tuesday in the Glade Hill area of Franklin County after the child was found dead in her home.

Perdue’s husband, David Perdue, said the child “appeared to have been severely beaten” when he found the boy, according to a news release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Before investigators arrived at the home, Hope McVey Perdue walked out the back door. The child was pronounced dead a short time later.

After an anonymous tip, Perdue was found in a garage at a residence in the 500 block of Byrds Mill Road in the Glade Hill area.

Perdue is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail where she is being held without bond.

Perdue’s arraignment hearing was held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators have not released the name of the child.

Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick Nix would not comment on the charges.

"We are in the very early stages of this case," Nix said.

The biological grandmother of the boy says Perdue and her husband had temporary custody of the child while the biological mother was dealing with a medical issue. The Perdues had been babysitters for the child and another sibling prior to the temporary custody arrangement, according to the biological grandmother.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/smith-mountain-lake/perdue-charged-with-seconddegree-murder-felony-child-abuse-and-neglect-in-connection-to-death-of-3yearold-boy/32995146
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