PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A 22-year-old man appeared in court for a slew of charges after an infant was left in a wooded area following a domestic altercation in June.
Jan Clark with the Portsmouth Police Department said officers responded to the 100 block of Corprew Drive around 1:15 a.m. on June 17 for a report of a woman being assaulted by the father of her child. When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering abrasions and contusions to her face and head.
Witnesses told police the suspect, identified as Ayrton Trannie Wright, 22, ran into a wooded area near Turnpike Road. Officers spotted him and took him into custody, but were told by the victim that her 2-month-old baby was missing.
Clark said officers went back to the wooded area and found the infant on the ground near a tree. He did not suffer any injuries in the incident and was returned to his mother.
Wright was charged with assault and battery as well as abuse and neglect.
Wednesday, during a preliminary hearing presided over by Judge Alotha C. Willis, Wright's case was certified over to a grand jury for the felony child neglect charge, according to the Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney's Office.
During his preliminary hearing, Wright was also found guilty of a previous misdemeanor assault charge that was separate from the incident on June 17. He was fined $250 and sentenced to 10 days in prison for that misdemeanor.
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