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Stafford Alert

Murder Arrest in Infant Death
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
September 21, 2020

A Stafford resident has been arrested on charges of felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and child neglect in the death of an infant last year.

On November 12, 2019 at 4:57 p.m. the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue Department responded to an address on Spinnaker Way for a 4-month-old child that was not breathing. The infant was transported to Stafford Hospital and later flown by helicopter to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for treatment. Unfortunately, on November 15, 2019 the infant passed away.
Detectives determined the infant had been dropped off at an in-home day care on Spinnaker Way on the morning of November 12th. The investigation revealed the infant went into cardiac arrest while under the care of Teresa Council. Detectives N.D. Ridings and J.G. Wright, III worked with the medical staff at VCU, the Office of the Medical Examiner, Stafford County Child Protective Services and the Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office throughout the investigation.

On September 16th, the Stafford Circuit Court issued a Capias for Teresa Council, 57, of Stafford. The charges include felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and child neglect.

Council was arrested at 9:35 a.m. this morning by Deputy B.U. Demirci and Deputy S.C. Martin during a traffic stop in the 3000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. Council is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

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