After consultation between detectives from Fairfax and Arlington Counties, as well as the Commonwealths’ Attorneys from both jurisdictions, a decision was made that Arlington County would take the lead in this investigation. Major Crimes Division detectives from Fairfax County, will assist with the investigation.
For any further information regarding this case, please direct your inquiries and information to The Arlington County Police Department, Public Information Office at 703-246-4331.
(Original Release Date 04/21/16, at approximately 12:40 a.m.)
Detectives Investigate Child’s Death in Annandale
Detectives from the Arlington County Police Department responded to the report of a child’s death on Wednesday, April 20. Their initial investigation led them to believe that the death actually occurred in Fairfax County so they contacted detectives from our Major Crimes Division. Our detectives were informed at that time that Arlington County was investigating the death of a two-year-old girl who had reportedly been accidentally left on the back seat of a car by a caretaker. Our initial investigation has determined that a male acquaintance of the child’s mother was supposed to drop three children off at two locations on the morning of April 20. It appears he dropped off two older children, ages 10 and 15, and then returned to the home in Fairfax County, not realizing that the two-year-old remained on the back seat of the car. Sometime later, the acquaintance got back in the car to pick up the children’s mother. When he arrived at her location in Arlington County, he looked in the back seat area of the car and saw the child. When he discovered that she was unresponsive, he immediately called 911. That is when Arlington County Police, Fire and Rescue responded and subsequently called Fairfax County Authorities. No arrest has been made and no charges have been placed at this time. As detectives continue their investigation, they will consult with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County for a determination of criminal liability.
Fairfax County Child Protective Services is involved and the two older children are staying with a relative pending the investigation.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will ultimately determine cause and manner of death.
Details of this incident such as specific times and locations are still being determined. Premature release of inaccurate information could be detrimental to the investigation.
The information contained in this release is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation evolves. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
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