HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police detectives arrested a man in connection with the death of a toddler.
Police charged Jeffery Allan Brown, 32, of Hampton with homicide and one count of child neglect.
Just after 7 a.m. Friday, 911 dispatchers got a call about an unresponsive 2-year-old girl in a townhome in the 2000 block of Seldendale Drive, according to Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division.
First responders rushed the child, identified as Brianna Sandy, from the Seldendale Farms Community to a local hospital. She was pronounced dead at 8 a.m.
Detectives began a death investigation and an autopsy was conducted. Homicide as the result of trauma was determined as the cause of death.
10 On Your Side spoke with several people close to the family, who wished to remain anonymous. They said the family is devastated by the loss.
Friends said Brianna lived in the home with her mother and mother’s boyfriend. Brianna’s mom has two older children, and she and the boyfriend had just adopted a baby.
Price said two adults and three other children were in the home when Sandy became unresponsive. Child Protective Services moved the other children to the care of a relative.
Friends tell 10 On Your Side Brianna was her mother’s mini-me. They said the two looked very much alike and that her mom loved her with all her heart. They, without a doubt, said the mother would never do anything to harm her children.
10 On Your Side learned the couple have been dating for about a year. Another source told us they were the ones who found her and called 911 Wednesday morning.
Friends describe Brianna as smart as a whip and a blessing to the family. When they heard police say it was a homicide, they thought it was a joke. They are still in shock.
10 On Your Side found this Facebook page set up as a memorial for the young red head. It says a memorial service is scheduled for her Monday night.
Anyone with information that will assist detectives in this case is encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757-727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.