The Washington Post

Virginia Beach police to probe death of child

- — Peter Hermann

A woman who D.C. police said fled the District with her 2-yearold daughter was found early Monday critically ill in a hotel room in Virginia Beach, along with the child, who was dead, according to authoritie­s.

A police spokeswoma­n in Virginia Beach said the circumstan­ces of the death are being investigat­ed as suspicious, but a cause and manner were not immediatel­y available. Police also did not provide details about how the woman became ill.

No criminal charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon and the case remains under investigat­ion, police said. The identities of the woman and child have not been made public.

Police in D.C. said the mother left the District with her daughter after losing a custody case in court last week.

A police spokesman said they were last seen in the District on Friday.

Police in Virginia said the woman and dead child were found in the hotel room about 3:30 a.m. Monday. No other details about the case have been made public.

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