Mother / boyfriend charged in 2019 death of 3-year-old Wythe County girl

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A grand jury Tuesday formally charged the mother of a three-year-old girl who died in Wythe County last year with two charges of felony child endangerment. The mother’s boyfriend was also formally charged Tuesday.

Josie Burleson was last seen by the New River Trail off Bertha Farms Road in Wythe County in July. Police say the search took more than five and a half hours, and the body was found 100 yards downstream of where law enforcement found child footprints at the New River.

The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that Josie’s mother, Kimberly Moore, and her boyfriend Adrian Neil Puckett, were under the influence of drugs when the 3-year-old went missing.

Moore and Puckett were initially held on charges of felony child neglect and felony child endangerment. A grand jury Tuesday formally charged both with two counts of felony child endangerment, the Wythe County Circuit Clerk’s office told WFXR News.

The grand jury is still seated in this case. It is unclear whether more charges are under consideration.

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