The child had been left in Worley’s care at his residence, according to the probable cause affidavit. Worley told Detective Tom Legear of the Richmond Police Department that the child began choking on a piece of candy, so he stuck his fingers in the child’s mouth and the child bit him.
Worley then said he bit the child to make him stop. The bite was hard enough to break the skin and leave marks. Legear reported that he observed a bite mark on the right cheek and bruising with distinct teeth markings approximately a week after the incident.
Legear also noted an apparent cigarette burn mark on the child’s arm and two other scabs on the child’s legs that could have been burn marks as well. Worley admitted to accidentally burning the child’s leg once with a cigarette, then stated it was possible he accidentally burned the child twice on the leg.
Two other residents of the home told Legear that Worley admitted to them he had bitten the child. They also stated Worley had kept the child in his room for several days during which time they did not see the child, according to the report.
Worley was charged with a Level 3 felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person younger than 14 years and a Level 3 felony of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. He is being held on $25,000 bail with 10 percent cash required.
Source: The Palladium-Item