Kids’ burns lead to charges
BY KEITH EPPS
A Stafford grandmother is accused of burning her four grandchildren on a stovetop as punishment for their misbehavior, court records show.
Valleshia Margaret Griffin, 51, is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of attempted malicious wounding and four counts of child cruelty.
The charges were sent to Stafford Circuit Court after a preliminary hearing last week. Griffin is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
According to the evidence and court records, the incidents took place Dec. 2 at a home on England Pointe Drive in southern Stafford.
Prosecutor Michael Hardiman said Griffin became upset with the children, ages 5 to 9, and took them one by one and burned their arms and hands as a form of discipline.
Two of the children suffered third-degree burns and were taken for medical treatment two days later, court records showed.
The children were told to lie about what happened to them, according to the evidence, but police were called and the investigation led to Griffin.
An affidavit for a search warrant filed in the county Circuit Court shows that another adult took pictures of the injuries on her cellphone and sent the images to another adult in hopes of getting treatment advice.
The same adult, who told police she was at the home when the abuse took place, also called a nurses hotline before the children were taken to a doctor.
The cellphone used to take the pictures was seized as evidence in the case against Griffin.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404