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Bond set for man accused of killing toddler
A Stafford Circuit Court judge Thursday set a $250,000 bond for a Stafford man accused of killing a 17-month-old boy who he was babysitting.
Duc Q. Chau, 40, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of felony child abuse in connection with the recent death of Jordan Ly.
Police went to Chau’s home at 1103 Providence St. in North Stafford on July 13 after rescue workers responded for what was reported as injuries from a fall. Jordan was rushed to an area hospital before being flown to the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, where he died on July 15.
The child’s specific cause of death still has not been released, though Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen yesterday attributed it to “severe abuse.” Police previously have said in court records that the baby had significant head trauma. Chau had been caring for the child about three months.
Olsen indicated that authorities know the cause of death when he told Judge Michael Levy, “We don’t know what led to this, but we know what happened.”
Olsen Thursday asked Levy to keep Chau locked up without bond. He said that Chau, who has had a large contingent of supporters at every hearing, poses a strong flight risk and is “protected by people who obviously believe that he did nothing wrong.”
Defense attorney Thaddeus Furlong argued that there was no reason to deny bond to Chau. He said Chau has little criminal history and would be monitored “24 hours a day.”
Furlong also claimed that Chau did nothing to hurt the child and that whatever injuries he had occurred prior to him being dropped off at the Chau residence that day.
Olsen said that about a week before the child’s death, Ly’s mother took him to a doctor because she was concerned about bruises on the boy. A doctor told her the bruises were no reason for alarm, Olsen said. Ly also had a large bump on his forehead the day before receiving his fatal injuries, but Olsen said the mother at the time did not suspect Chau of inflicting harm on the baby.
In setting the bond, Levy ordered Chau to live with a family in Alexandria. He was also ordered to be around no children, including his own 6- and 10-year-old, except under the supervision of his pastor at church.
A four-day jury trial for Chau is scheduled to start on Jan. 7.