VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The mother of a 2-year-old child found dead in a Virginia Beach hotel room on Monday has been charged with felony child abuse.
Leandra Andrade, 38, is being held without bond and is charged with child abuse neglect, serious injury.
According to the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, she was booked into the Virginia Beach jail on Wednesday, Aug. 3, the same day she was due in court.
The child was found dead around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 in a room at a hotel in the 3600 block of Atlantic Avenue. Authorities say a woman was also found suffering from a medical emergency and taken to the hospital.
No cause of death for the 2-year-old girl has been released at this time, but WFXR’s sister station, WAVY, has reached out for more information in the case.
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police (MPD) told WAVY that Andrade left D.C. after losing custody of the child and was last seen on Friday. MPD contacted Virginia Beach Police after a friend of Andrade said they saw concerning social media posts from her.
Social media posts were published on an account belonging to Andrade two days ago. WAVY’s investigative team reviewed the posts. One details ongoing troubles in Andrade’s marriage that began in February 2019.
“Most importantly, I wish I left for my daughter, because she deserved the world,” the post said.
Another social media post features pictures of Andrade and her 2-year-old daughter at the beach:
“We read about seashells and I let you listen to the sound of the ocean holding an oversize shell yo your ear. You were so intrigued. A genuine curiosity about the world. So I took you to the beach. You’d been before, but it was out first trip together. The mama-mini experience I always wanted but never had due to the pandemic. Your fearless soul jumped the waves and threw sand with your shovel. We buried our feet in the sand. Everyone complimented how charismatic you are. You are stunning, conversational and beautiful. You were so proud I was your mama. Every stranger you saw you pointed to me and said ‘mama.’ I love you so much. I’m so sorry, baby. You deserved the world.”Facebook post by Leandra Andrade
The child’s father was recently awarded full custody, but was aware that Andrade would have their daughter this past weekend. Authorities say there were no previous signs that Andrade would have harmed the child and an AMBER Alert wasn’t issued because the child wasn’t reported missing and there were no immediate threats to the child.