A Woman In Virginia Indicted For Manslaughter, Felony Child Abuse & Neglect

WHITEWOOD, VA. (WOAY) – On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington presented indictments during a specially-called session of the Buchanan County Grand Jury for Involuntary Manslaughter and Felony Child Abuse and Neglect against Christina Payne Sargent Stacy, 36, of Whitewood, Virginia.

The Grand jury returned both indictments as true bills. The indictments follow an extensive investigation by members of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the death of Stacy’s youngest son.

Buchanan County Sheriff Ray Foster said, “These types of cases take time to fully investigate. We needed to make sure that all the pieces of the puzzle were in place. The reports came back and this is the appropriate course of action.”

Stacy is being held without bond at the Haysi Regional Jail while awaiting trial on these indictments as well as two additional related charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon which were brought as a result of items found inside Stacy’s home during the execution of a search warrant issued in connection with the death investigation.

On Tuesday morning, December 5, 2017, officials with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office and rescue personnel responded to a residence located on Wimmer Gap Road, located in the Whitewood section of Buchanan County Virginia, for three individuals found unresponsive in a residence.

The victims were an adult and two (2) juveniles. One of the juveniles, a seven (7) year old male was pronounced dead on scene. The adult and the other juvenile were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Their condition at press time is unknown.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the death of the juvenile and the illness of the other two victims. At this time they believe the death and illness may be related to an alternate heat source used in the residence. Sheriff Ray Foster would like to send his condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

He urges everyone to make sure that if they use an alternate heat source in their home to ensure it has proper and adequate ventilation and have adequate and functional alarm devices installed.

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