Mother charged after five-year-old found unresponsive

Published 10:37 am Friday, January 12, 2018

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office has charged the mother of a five-year-old Zuni boy with felony child abuse and aggravated malicious wounding. A Zuni man, reportedly associated with them also has a felony warrant for child neglect.


According to Lt. Tommy Potter, spokesman for the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Department, on Monday, the Isle of Wight County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the 7000 block of Yellow Hammer road in Zuni for an unresponsive five-year-old boy. The boy was transported to The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in critical condition by Nightingale Air Ambulance.

On arriving at CHKD, further injuries were discovered that led investigators to charge the child’s mother with one felony count of child abuse and one count of aggravated malicious wounding.

Potter provided a copy of the criminal complaint to the paper on Friday, which states that Hadley admitted to beating her son with a shoe on his bottom several times.

She also admitted to pushing him down, which caused the boy to hit his head on the floor. He got up, staggered and fell against a wall. While checking on him, she let her son go and he fell back hitting his head on the wall again, putting a hole in the sheet rock.

The report continues that the boy has visible extensive bruising as well as the imprint of a shoe pattern on his bottom and lower back.

He has permanent brain damage according to Potter.

The child’s mother, Jaye Lynn Hadley, 32, of the 7000 block of Yellow Hammer Road, was arrested on Wednesday and transported to Western Tidewater Regional Jail with no bond.

The five-year-old child is still listed in critical condition and additional charges are under review by the commonwealth attorney’s office.

On Thursday, investigators secured the warrant against Justin Cox, 33, who last resided with Hadley and her son. Cox was also taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail and remains there in a no bond status.

The investigation is ongoing.