Pair charged with second-degree murder, child abuse after infant death in Portsmouth

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 15:47:53-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Two 18-year-olds were arrested and charged in connection with a child abuse incident that resulted in the death of an infant in the 10 block of Suburban Circle earlier this month.

Portsmouth Police say this incident happened on Feb. 9. They did not release any further details or the circumstances surrounding the child's death.

18-year-old Rocky Ali Mugynei II and 18-year-old Talaysia Nelson have been charged with Second Degree Murder and felony Child Abuse. They were both arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 17 around 4:30 p.m.

This is an ongoing investigation.

There is no further information.

Anyone who knows anything about this crime is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-5625887). Tips may also be submitted anonymously via the P3Tips app or online here.

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