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Several people in Dickenson County, VA charged in death of 2 year old

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The mother of a 2-year-old who died in February, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s parents remain in jail today after each was arrested and charged with felony child neglect and felony homicide.

Ashley Sperow, 23, Doyle “Fayne” Cumbo Jr., 31, Teresa Cumbo, 53, and Doyle Cumbo Sr., 57, all of Haysi, Va., were arrested Tuesday after indictments were handed down Monday by a Dickenson County grand jury, said Kenneth Hill, an investigator with the Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office.

No details about the circumstances of the child’s death have been released, although the indictment labels it accidental.

Hill said the name and gender of the child is not being released at this time; he said the child was identified only by initials in the indictments.

The child died Feb. 7 at Dickenson Community Hospital in Clintwood, Va., after the mother reported the toddler unresponsive and CPR was unsuccessful.

“After a short time there, [the child] was pronounced dead,” Hill said Thursday afternoon. “It’s obviously suspicious any time a child dies.”

He said the body was sent for autopsy to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke, Va., and the medical examiner told investigators the death was suspicious.

The delay in pressing charges – some eight months after the death – is due to the “extensive checking for evidence” by the medical examiner’s office, he said.

Trauma was the cause of death, the investigator said.

Hill said that according to the indictments, the four are accused of causing the child’s death “accidently, contrary to the intention of the parties while in a felonious act.”

Hill said that neither alcohol nor drugs was involved in the child’s death.

The father and son have criminal histories. According to online court records, Doyle Cumbo Sr. pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance in February 2008. His son, Doyle “Fayne” Cumbo Jr., was found guilty of grand larceny and breaking and entering in February 2010, of being drunk in public in 2004 and 2008, of inhaling drugs in 2008 and of eluding police in 2009.

Teresa Cumbo was found guilty of a few traffic violations in 2006 and 2010.

The four are being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Haysi. They face an Oct. 6 hearing to schedule pretrial motions.


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