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Three charged in child's death

Monica Walker Monica Walker
Star Adams Star Adams
William Hilbert William Hilbert


In a news conference held on Friday, Sheriff Brian Hieatt stated the mother Star Adams, 20, is charged with abandonment . Monica Walker, 27, and William "Willie" Hilbert, 47, are charged with causing serious injury to a child under the age of 18 in the death of Adams' child.

Police said Walker called 911 early Wednesday morning while en route to Clinch Valley Medical Center with the unresponsive child, and an emergency room doctor declared him dead when he arrived.

Adams left her 8-month-old boy in Walker and Hilbert's care Tuesday evening, and Sheriff Hieatt said that's when the boy sustained multiple injuries. The nature of those injuries is unreleased at this time, but Hieatt said it was enough to cause doctors major concern almost immediately.

Warrants were issued on Thursday. Police also searched Walker's vehicle and two homes where they seized evidence to help them determine what happened to the child.

Hieatt said the injuries were traumatic enough not to be accidental.

"The injuries were well beyond the case of a child just getting some small accidental injuries [as children often do]," said Hieatt.

Investigators are awaiting the autopsy to determine any other charges that may be made in the case.

The child's father is already in prison for unrelated crimes. 



Tazewell, Va.-- The following is a news release from the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office:

On the morning of Wednesday the 26th the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office 911 Center received an emergency call of an infant child who wasn't breathing.

The eight month old male child was taken to Clinch Valley Medical Center where it was determined that the child had already passed away. The 911 call and concerns from the Medical Center prompted an investigation into the child's death from the Tazewell County Sheriff and the Commonwealth Attorneys Offices along with the Department of Social Services and the Virginia State Police. The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by Investigators with the Richlands Police Department.

Four Search Warrants have been executed at two residences in the Richlands and Road Ridge areas and on one vehicle, and as a result of this investigation three individuals being charged. Deputies have arrested Star Adams, Monica Walker, and William "Willie" Hilbert. Walker and Hilbert have been charged with causing serious injury to a child under the age of 18, which is a Class 4 Felony, while Star Adams has been charged with the Abandonment of the child, which is a Class 6 Felony.

Currently all three are being held by the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority in their Tazewell Facility, without bond.

This is an active investigation and there are additional charges pending based on the results of the autopsy and continued investigation.

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