Bath County woman arrested for allegedly shooting 6-year-old daughter

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BATH CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Update: Monday February 6, 2017 5 p.m.

The funeral home handling the arrangements posted the victim's obituary online. It identifies her as Abigail Grace Hise, known as "Abby" to her friends.

Original Story Posted Sunday February 5, 2017 9 p.m.
A Bath County woman was charged with first-degree murder Sunday after allegedly shooting her 6-year-old daughter, according to Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker.

Just before 10 p.m. Saturday night, the Bath County dispatch center got a call of a possible gunshot wound. According to Plecker, the caller said something along the lines of "I think my daughter has been shot." No names and no address was given in the call, so deputies drove to the area of where the call was placed. A deputy encountered Darla Hise in the area and it was later determined that she was the one who placed the call.

Hise led the deputy to her residence on Billy Goat Lane where the deputy discovered a dead 6-year-old girl. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Hise's 3-year-old son was also in the home and he was placed in the care of other family. Deputies found a weapon in the home.

Hise voluntarily spent the night in the hospital. Investigators obtained a statement from her at the hospital early Sunday morning.

Around 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, an arrest warrant was issued to 27-year-old Hise. Hise was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She was transported to Alleghany Regional Jail. Investigators say initial information shows no reason why Hise could not legally own the gun.

The 6-year-old girl attended Valley Elementary School. The school plans to offer grief counseling Monday morning.

The girl’s body will be brought to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.

“It’s a devastating event to this community,” Plecker said adding Hise grew up in the area and has no prior criminal history. "I've seen a lot of crime scenes and this one here is going to rank up in the top one or two, the crime scene that we're dealing with as the severity of the crime scene."

Virginia State Police is assisting in the investigation and the investigation is ongoing.

Hise will have an arraignment in Alleghany on Wednesday.