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Father of missing 4-year-old Hampton boy's attorney files cease and desist against Hampton officials

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Posted at 6:05 PM, Apr 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 20:07:31-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Cory Bigsby, father of missing Codi Bigsby, and his attorney have filed a cease and desist against Hampton officials Saturday.

The cease and desist comes weeks after the arrest of Bigsby and the disappearance of his son, Codi.

Codi was reported missing on the morning of January 31. Police and community members have searched for the boy, to no avail. During the search for Codi, Hampton Police jailed the father on child neglect charges unrelated to his son’s disappearance. At the end of this story is a timeline of events leading up to and following Bigsby's arrest.

News 3 was sent the cease and desist from Bigsby's attorney. The letter claims that the Hampton Police Chief and other officials have engaged in a conspiracy to harass the Bigsby family and obstruct justice and tamper with a jury in a criminal case.

The letter is asking the Hampton Chief to retract statements he has made about the case.

To read the full order, click here.

The cease and desist orders that:

  • The Chief publicly retract his statements
  • Cease and desist from making a public comment that could obstruct justice or tamper with a future jury pool
  • Ask the community not to Harass / Threaten the Bigsby Family; and
  • Issue a public apology to the Bigsby family for making statements that put their

The City of Hampton released the following statement to News 3:

"The City is in receipt of the letter from Mr. Bigsby’s attorney and will not comment on threatened litigation, nor will it comment on the active criminal investigation into the disappearance of Codi Bigsby."

This comes after Bigsby received a new attorney, Amina Matheny-Willard, to now represent him after his former attorney withdrew.

News 3 asked to speak with Bigsby's attorney Saturday or Sunday; however, she declined.

On Monday, Matheny-Willard sent a motion to clarify to Hampton courts. In the filing, she says Bigsby disagreed with his former attorney, Jeff Ambrose, on legal strategy, so Bigsby fired Ambrose on April 7. That was before Ambrose asked the court to leave the case because of an ethical conflict.

This new motion to clarify also asks the court to seal or redact Ambrose's motion to withdraw to only include Ambrose's name and the words, "I wish to withdraw."

Matheny-Willard argues the language used in current court filings could taint a future jury pool.