Newport News woman charged after child suffers brain injury, body wounds

Kiara Cherae Hall. Credit: Newport News Police Department.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 13-month-old girl has spent the last week under the care of doctors and police say the injuries happened at the hands of her caretaker who is now in jail.

Police say they got called to Windsor Castle Drive on Sept. 14 for a report of the child suffering from a medical issue. Officers arrived to find medics treating the girl, who had visible injuries.

Court documents say the girl had bilateral hemorrhaging in the brain and “a straight foreign object” is what likely caused several wounds to the her torso.

A search warrant, filed in Newport News Circuit Court, says “during the investigation it was determined the bruises the victim sustained were inflicted and were impact wounds.”

On Tuesday, police searched Kiara Hall’s home and seized nine items, including a white pipe, a selfie stick, metal bed railings and a fishing pole. All the items are consistent with a “straight foreign object.”

Hall, 26, was arrested following the search.

Neighbors at the Windsor Castle Condominiums say they’re shocked. One woman says she printed a picture of Hall’s mugshot to be on the lookout.

“I think that’s a disgusting thing to do to a child. It’s just not right,” said Demetrick Barcliff. “That’s just heartless. That’s just cruel. You really can’t explain that.”

Hall is being held at the Newport News City Jail.

The one-year-old girl remains hospitalized, according to police.