More warrants surface as part of investigation into toddler’s death

Published: Apr. 27, 2020 at 5:10 PM EDT
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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - WDBJ7 continues to learn more about the death of a two-year-old girl in Radford.

Police have executed more search warrants as part of a "cruelty to children" investigation into Andrew Byrd.

Byrd was arrested in relation to the case, and is facing several charges connected to an incident April 17 involving the child’s mother.

Among the search warrants is one for Radford Ambulance Service to look for anything connected to the EMS response to the scene and the transport of the little girl to a hospital, partly to establish a timeline of injuries the girl sustained.

Police say when the girl was hospitalized, there was evidence of injuries from possible non-accidental trauma. Police are still awaiting results from the child’s autopsy.

Police also executed a search warrant to check Byrd’s cell phone, for all data including photos, text messages, emails, SMS history, phone call history and GPS history. When he was arrested, Byrd said he and Amanda Mitchell, the girl’s mother, had been contacting each other about “issues related to the medical emergency” involving the victim. He even provided the phone’s passcode to police.

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