Man charged with murder for Radford 2-year-old’s death

The girl’s mother is also now facing charges
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT
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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - A Radford man has been charged with murder nearly five months after the death of a 2-year-old girl.

A grand jury charged Andrew Byrd, 34, with first degree murder. He’s facing additional charges for intervening with the call for rescue and aggravated malicious wounding. Byrd was already facing charges for abducting and assaulting the girl’s mother, but now a grand jury has charged him with killing the toddler.

A grand jury has also now charged the girl’s mom, Amanda Mitchell, 30, with child endangerment and child abuse and neglect.

Radford City Police said they have been working around the clock to wrap up their investigation of the case back in April, and now, it goes through the court system.

“It has been a long case, we appreciate the community’s patience and everybody being patient with us during this process," said Chief Jeff Dodson.

Dodson said it has taken a toll on the department.

“Any type of incident like this involving a child victim is a very hard case for our staff, but it’s a horrible case for the community," he said.

From the beginning, Byrd was charged with an incident involving the girl’s mother and child abuse, neglect and endangerment. He was not charged with the 2-year-old’s death until a grand jury met Friday. Court documents allege he stabbed her.

Mitchell now faces six felonies. Court documents also show the two of them were responsible for the care of three children and had them in a home where they were allegedly endangered.

The toddler’s death happened as the pandemic was in full swing, something that has taken a toll on the mental and physical health of families. The police want to make sure you get the help you need so something like this never happens again.

“I know this is a tough time for the community and COVID and isolation and different things that we’re going through, but certainly reach out and try to get the help that you need," Dodson said.

Mitchell has posted a $5,000 bond. Both she and Byrd will be in court again October 5.

If you are in need of services you can contact the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, New River Valley Community Services and the city police.

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