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In April during a family visit, Leslie Nay noticed her little grandson was covered with bruises.
Nay, who lives in King George, reported the child’s injuries to the Department of Social Services, which began an investigation.
Four months later, law enforcement authorities still are unclear about exactly who allegedly inflicted the injuries on 20-month-old Benjamin, but one thing is clear: “These were horrifying injuries, and someone must have been aware of what was happening to this child, said King George Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Pollard.
Three King George residents have been charged in connection with the bruises on the child. Benjamin’s mother, Rebecca Ann Marini, 22; Benjamin’s babysitter, Amanda Lynn Madison, 23; and Madison’s boyfriend, Walter Godsey, 24, were arrested in July.
Marini is facing 15 charges of child endangerment and child cruelty, Madison is charged with three counts of malicious wounding, child cruelty and child endangerment and Godsey also is charged with malicious wounding, child cruelty and child endangerment.
Marini and Madison were working together and the trio was living together in an apartment nearby when Nay reportedly noticed the child’s bruises and contacted authorities. All three have denied injuring the child and have entered pleas of not guilty to their respective charges.
A trial date has been set for Nov. 6. In the meantime, all three defendants have been in the Rappahannock Regional Jail since they were arrested. However, Madison and Marini appeared in King George Circuit Court last week seeking to be released on bond.
Circuit Court Judge Horace Revercomb III denied bond for the mother, Marini, saying “she was either the assailant or she made the child available.” Revercomb’s ruling came despite pleas from Nay and Marini’s minister.
However, Revercomb allowed Madison’s release from jail on $10,000 bond noting Madison had no criminal record and is the mother of a 4-year-old child who showed no indications of mistreatment. Godsey remains in jail without bond.