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Two charged with child abuse in Augusta County | #childabuse | #children | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids


STUARTS DRAFT – Two people have been charged with child abuse after a 2-year-old Stuarts Draft boy showed up injured at a hospital emergency room in April, according to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

A “sharp object” caused some of the wounds, authorities said.

An investigation was launched April 7 when the boy was taken by his mother to the emergency room at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, an arrest report states.

The boy had numerous injuries, prompting hospital officials to notify the sheriff’s office and Child Protective Services. The injuries included bruises that were in various states.

“And two wounds that appeared to be caused by a sharp object. One to the head and one to the leg,” said Maj. Brian Jenkins of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

Jenkins said internal injuries to the child were also detected at the hospital.

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He said an investigation revealed the boy was reportedly under the care of his mother, Megan K. Leo, 24, and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Christopher J. Cockrell, both of Stuarts Draft, when the injuries took place.

Cockrell is not the boy’s father, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities arrested Leo on Wednesday. Cockrell was arrested Thursday. Leo is free on bond and Cockrell is in custody at the Allegheny Regional Jail, records show.

Both suspects face a single felony charge of child abuse.

The child has been removed from Leo’s care, the sheriff’s office said. 

Court records show that Cockrell was facing a charge of cruelty and injury to a child in Allegheny County, but that charge was not prosecuted during a June 8 court appearance. On that same day, records show he pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges and a charge of obstruction.

A mugshot of Cockrell was not immediately available.

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