DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Danville toddler dies while during a visitation with his father in Wisconsin. Now, police are charging the stepmother.
On Friday, Oneida County Dispatch in Wisconsin received a call that a 20-month-old, identified as Avery Edwards, had shallow breathing.
According to the criminal complaint, the child's stepmother, Ellen Tran, said he had fallen in the shower. He was flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. After a preliminary autopsy, it was determined Avery died from blunt force trauma to the head.
According to official documents, a restraining order had recently been lifted, allowing Avery visitation with his father. The restraining order had been put in place against Ellen Tran after a July visit when the boy came home with bruising.
In an interview with investigators, Avery's father told police the toddler had not been bonding well with his stepmother during his recent visit.
A child abuse expert at the Marshfield hospital contacted investigators and told him the injuries did not match the story of Ellen Tran. She is now charged with second-degree reckless homicide.
Tran is free on $50,000 cash bond. She'll return to court May 25. That's when a judge will rule if there is enough evidence for the case to head to trial.
This case is still under investigation.
Avery's mother, Lori Edwards, tells us that her son was full of life. She is working on planning a candlelight vigil in his honor.