Hope Perdue charged with second-degree murder in death of 3-year-old boy

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office have charged Hope McVey Perdue with second-degree murder in connection to the death of a 3-year-old child that was in her care. 

Deputies say at 3:56 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 David Perdue placed a 911 call from his home located in the 7000 block of Old Franklin Turnpike in reference to an unconscious child. Mr. Perdue advised that the child appeared to have been severely beaten. 

Emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene as well as Franklin County Sheriff's deputies. Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and determined that the child was not breathing. 

Before law enforcement officers could arrive on the scene they say Hope Perdue, custodial guardian of the three year old boy, fled the scene on foot. 

Deputies say they arrived on scene and began a search for Hope. Rescue squad members continued to attempt to revive the toddler. Despite their efforts, the child was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Numerous law enforcement agencies were called to the scene and began a 12 hour manhunt for Hope Perdue. Acting on an anonymous tip from a Franklin County citizen, deputies responded to a sighting of Hope Perdue in the 500 block of Byrd's Mill Road. She was located in a garage Tuesday at a residence on Byrds's Mill Road and taken into custody without incident. 

Hope Perdue found in garage after 3-year-old in her care died

The Sheriff's Office says Hope Perdue has been charged with second-degree murder as well as felony abuse and neglect of the three year old. She is being transferred to the Western Virginia Regional Jail where she will be held without bond.  

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