Norfolk toddler's death ruled as homicide; daycare provider charged with second-degree murder

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Posted at 3:52 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 15:53:05-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Officials have ruled the previously undetermined death of a toddler in Norfolk last summer to be a homicide.

Around 3 p.m. on August 18, 2020, Norfolk Police responded to the 1300 block of Jenifer Street for the report of an unresponsive child. When officers arrived on scene, they found the 2-year-old girl unresponsive inside a home.

Medics took her to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, where she was later pronounced dead.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk determined the girl's death was a homicide.

In September 2020, a Norfolk woman operating an in-home daycare was arrested and charged during the investigation. After the Medical Examiner's ruling, detectives arrested and charged 37-year-old Jessica A. Cherry with second-degree murder in connection with this incident.

Cherry is being held at the Norfolk City Jail without bond.

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