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Death of a Child 11-9-17 (updated)

Warren County, VA - Update as of November 13, 2017

On November 08, 2017, Warren County Sheriff’s Office E911 Communications Center received a call that a 22 month old child was in cardiac arrest located at 908 Blue Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA. The child was transported by EMS to Warren Memorial Hospital where the child passed away. A second child from the residence was examined at Warren Memorial Hospital and was determined to need further medical attention. The second child is also 22 months old and the sibling of the first. The second child was admitted to a regional hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division identified two suspects. Chad Ritchie, 28 years old, of 908 Blue Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA was charged with 18.2-32 Second degree murder, 18.2-51 Malicious wounding, and two counts of 40.1-103 Cruelty and injuries to children. Based on further investigation the children’s mother, Tabitha Zimmerman, was also charged. Ms. Zimmerman, 28 years old, of the same address, was charged with two counts of 40.1-103 Cruelty and injuries to children. Both individuals are currently being held at RSW Regional Jail.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Warren County Fire and Rescue and the Front Royal Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information regarding this matter should contact Lieutenant Phillip Henry at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-4128 or 540-635-7100.

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November 9, 2017

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron



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