Police: Woman charged with felony child abuse in infant boy's death

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

A city woman turned herself over to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Monday. She was charged with felony child abuse after police allege she abused an infant boy who later died, according to Williamsburg Police.

A Williamsburg police investigator obtained a felony warrant of child abuse Oct. 13 against Juana Iriselda Escobar-Portillo, 30, police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said.

Police initially responded to a home around 10:50 a.m. Sept. 29 in the 1300 block of N. Mt. Vernon Ave. for a medical assist involving an infant boy, Riley said.

When officers arrived, they began an investigation into the incident while the boy was transported to the hospital for medical treatment for injuries that were later determined to indicate abuse, Riley said.

The boy died Oct. 3, Riley said.

A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 17 in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The charge is a Class 4 felony and carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 if found guilty.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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