HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Cory Bigsby, the father of missing 4-year-old Codi Bigsby in Hampton, was denied his request for another bond hearing.
A judge issued the ruling during a motion hearing Monday, May 23.
According to 10 On Your Side’s Aesia Toliver, the attorney for Bigsby, Amina Matheny-Willard, says she has already appealed the decision.
Matheny-Willard initially filed the motion to reconsider bond on May 15. It was sent to the Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Bigsby faces multiple child neglect charges for reportedly leaving his young children home alone while he ran errands. He is also a person of interest in the case of his missing 4-year-old son Codi, who he reported missing on January 31. Hampton Police launched a search near his Buckroe Beach home and for weeks, volunteers searched daily as well. The child has not been found.
Bigsby has not been charged in connection with his son’s disappearance. He has been denied bond twice on the felony child neglect charges.
In April, he obtained Matheny-Willard as counsel after his previous attorney withdrew from the case.
“Just tell [us] where Codi is. That little precious boy deserves justice. A 4-year-old, innocent child, deserves justice,” said community member Saranette Chapman outside the courthouse.
The judge said his attorney, Amina Matheny-Willard, didn’t prove a change in circumstance since the last hearing, therefore, he will stay in jail.
10 On Your Side caught up with a man outside of court who says he’s Cory and Codi’s cousin but wouldn’t say his name.
His attorney confirms he’s a family member.
“Of course we’re concerned about it. I mean, that’s what people don’t think we’re concerned but we have two things to be concerned about: Codi and Cory. At the end of the day, of course, we want to know where Codi is at,” said the cousin.
He says he’s frustrated police have not continued their search for Codi. He believes it has to do with the fact he’s a little Black boy.
We asked him about the last time he spoke with investigators on Codi’s case.
“Last time when they were going through phones and computers asking questions to us, but then the chief talking about some if the people who love Codi help out, we’ll know where Codi is. That’s a bold-faced lie,” he stated.
He’s encouraging the community to reach out to Black Lives Matter 757 for search opportunities.
We also asked him if the family will be putting up a reward for information in Codi’s case.
“If we can get some money, you going to donate us some money for a reward? WAVY News 10, can y’all donate some money?” he replied.
He says no law enforcement agencies have offered to help provide money for a reward.