UPDATE 4:51 P.M.: According to Captain Tracy Emerson, an investigator with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Megan Paris was the girlfriend of the three-year-old’s father, David Berger. The boy, Ian, was in Paris’ care when deputies got a report of his injuries.
Emerson says the boy suffered severe trauma, including head injuries.
“We’re uncertain on exactly how he received the injuries,” said Emerson. “We, of course, have talked to Miss Paris, and at this time, we’re still investigating it, and we’re gonna try to look at all the details and facts before we make any further decision on charges.”
Paris is currently facing a child abuse and neglect charge, which Emerson expects will be upgraded.
WFXR News asked if he believes the injuries were intentional, to which he replied, “Yes, I do.”
He explained why he believes the charges will likely be upgraded.
“At the time that charge was taken out, Ian was still alive. Of course now Ian has passed away, and pending a medical examiner’s report, we will choose what we do next from that.”
In addition, WFXR News asked if Paris could potentially face a murder charge.
Emerson said, “It could be, but right now, we’re waiting on that report.”
As for Ian’s family, “I think they’re doing as well as they can be doing at this point,” said Emerson. “This is about as bad as it gets when you lose a young child, and we have to be the voice for that child now.”
David Berger — the father of the toddler who died after authorities say he was injured while under Paris’ care — was too upset for an interview with WFXR News. However, there is a GoFundMe set up to help the toddler’s family.
Warning: The images you see on the GoFundMe page may be considered graphic.
UPDATE 2:47 P.M.: Captain Emerson with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office tells WFXR news that he expects child abuse and neglect charges against Megan Paris to be upgraded pending a medical examiner’s report.
Paris is out of jail on bail.
UPDATE 1:06 P.M.: WFXR News has obtained court documents which reveal more information about the arrest of Megan Paris. She was arrested Thursday evening after a toddler in her care was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and eventually died.
According to court documents, which are shared below, Paris’ bail was set for $5,000 for child abuse and neglect. In addition, she has a hearing set for Friday, Sept. 25.
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Campbell County authorities continue to investigate a Gladys woman in connection with the abuse, neglect, and death of a toddler who was in her care last week.
According to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, authorities became aware of a 3-year-old child from Gladys who had been airlifted to Roanoke-Carilion Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 17, after sustaining life-threatening injuries.
Officials say their investigation determined the toddler was injured by a caregiver on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Authorities then determined the injuries took place while the child was in the care of 30-year-old Megan Paris.
Authorities say they arrested and charged Paris with child abuse and neglect Thursday evening, but the morning of Friday, Sept. 18, the child died from the injuries sustained.
The sheriff’s office says additional charges may be filed amid this ongoing investigation.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Investigator M. Bryant from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 332-9707, or call Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900.
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