Mathews Co. mother accused in death of 1-year-old son denied bond

Miranda Dawn Gilbert. Photo courtesy: Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center

MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A Mathews County mother accused in the death of her 1-year-old son was denied bond Wednesday morning in court.

The attorney for Miranda Gilbert argued that Gilbert has no criminal record and all of her family is in the nearby area, therefore she wasn’t a flight risk.

Gilbert’s mother and sister testified that they would watch her as she awaited trial.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney offered the judge Gilbert’s son’s death certificate. In the report, the medical examiner called the death, ‘not accidental, but a homicide’ with thermal injuries on the body.

A judge weighed the arguments and decided not to grant bond. She said the medical examiners report on the death explained the seriousness of the charges.

Miranda Dawn Gilbert was charged with felony homicide with child abuse and neglect after her son died at the hospital in early February.

The Mathews County Sheriff’s Office said the child had been left alone in a bathtub, and had been scalded by hot water. When Gilbert returned to the bathroom, her son was reportedly face down in the water.

A criminal complaint filed against Gilbert described filthy conditions she and her three children lived in, including the “presence of rats, mice and cockroaches… rodent feces and waste was found.”

Gilbert is due in court April 4 for a preliminary hearing.