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Toddler hit by BB; suspect arrested

SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2013
South Boston Police on Friday arrested Nathan V. Allen of Halifax, 21, and charged him with child abuse and neglect and causing serious injury to a child. Allen was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where he was held on $2,500 secured bond.

Allen’s arrest came after a 911 call at 12:16 p.m. stating that a two-year-old child had been shot in the head in the vicinity of Spring Avenue. The caller said the suspect had fled the scene and that the child was bleeding from the head from a pellet from a BB gun.

Senior Patrol Officer T. W. Bush and several other officers responded. Within minutes, the suspect was located near Grove Park. The toddler was rushed to Halifax Regional Hospital by the local rescue squad. The mother was with the child, who was later transferred to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for further treatment.

During this incident, a nearby neighbor’s property was vandalized and a rear window was broken out of a vehicle.

South Boston Police Officer F.A. Powell is conducting an investigation into the incident.

In other reports from the South Boston Police Department, 20-year-old Dal’Shane L. Roberts of South Boston was charged on Saturday, July 13 with malicious wounding by Cpl. T. Bratton. Roberts was being held with no bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

Also charged on Saturday, July 13 was Joseph M. Lawson of Long Island, 29, who was charged by Officer Powell with felony shoplifting and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Lawson was also held under no bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

Twenty-one year old Amber L. Hubbard of Halifax was charged with presenting false identification to law enforcement officers and shoplifting on June 19. She was arrested on Saturday by Sgt. S. Warf of the South Boston Police Department.

David W. Edmonds of Chase City, 49, was arrested by Officer T. Clay on Saturday, July 13 and charged with being drunk in public. He was held at the jail until he sobered up. Officer Clay also charged 34-year-old Joseph L. Sims, Jr. of South Boston with driving on a suspended license on Friday, July 12.

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