Man charged in infant’s death enters plea

Bryan Timothy Arruda

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A man charged in the death of an infant in James City County entered an Alford plea in court this week.

Bryan Timothy Arruda entered the plea for a murder charge on April 30. Another charge of child abuse, serious injury was nolle prossed, or withdrawn.

Arruda was arrested last May after 3-month-old Emery Alaine Arruda was injured at a home.  The child was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond where she later died.

The plea means Arruda does not admit guilt in the case, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction. 

Police said Bryan Arruda was at the home alone with the child when the alleged incident happened.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

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