VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach man was arrested Monday after a 3-year-old was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.
Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department said detectives and Child Protective Services responded to Norfolk's Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters Monday around 3:30 p.m. after police learned a toddler there was suffering from life-threatening injuries.
After investigating and conducting interviews, detectives arrested the child's father, 28-year-old Erico Gerard Sawyer, and charged him with one count felony child neglect.
On Thursday, Borman said the child remained in critical condition.
Neighbors asked WAVY.com not to give their identities, but one said "the little kid was always screaming."
Another neighbor said a friend told her the child had "brain damage."
"The dad abused the baby," the neighbor said. "I don't know him very well. I don't talk to them that much, but she seemed like a happy, good baby to me."
Sawyer was arraigned Thursday, and at a bond hearing Friday received a "no bond" status. He is being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center until his next court date on Sept. 30.
The case is being investigated by the VBPD's Homicide Unit because of the severity of the child's injuries.
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