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Gloucester man pleads guilty to 1st degree murder after baby found dead, wife injured

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Feb 24, 2021

GLOUCESTER, Va. - Dennis Chambers plead guilty to two charges Tuesday, February 11, first degree murder and permanent impairment malicious wounding.

He was initially charged July 9, 2020 with second degree murder and maiming after his wife was found seriously injured and her child was found dead on a Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1:40 p.m., deputies with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the the 4200 Block of Aberdeen Creek Road in reference to a female victim and her child who had not been heard from in an unusually long period of time.

When deputies entered the home, they found the woman suffering from severe injuries. Her child, a female infant, was found dead.

Authorities said the woman was currently in critical but stable condition.

She told News 3 she woke up Tuesday morning and says the couple’s bedroom door was locked and that there was no answer.

The woman's husband, 60-year-old Dennis Chambers, was wanted in connection with the incident, Authorities later said Chambers and the vehicle were found in New Kent County.

Chambers was initially arrested on second degree murder charges, but according to the Gloucester County Commonwealth's attorney John T. Dusewicz, before the preliminary hearing and warrant was amended, the charges were upgraded to first degree murder.

Sentencing will take place on June 14.