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This Week in Crime: Woman Leaves Six Children Alone in Motel Room While Out Drinking

ThisWeekInCrimeA few people were arrested for child abuse in James City County, while investigators in York County caught up with a man believed to have displayed a handgun in a threatening manner in January.

James City County:

Woman Allegedly Went Out Drinking, Left Six Grandchildren Alone in Hotel Room

A 58-year-old woman allegedly left six grandchildren under the age of 11 unsupervised in a hotel room at the Pineapple Inn for at least 10 hours before returning under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

Maj. Stephen Rubino of the James City County Police Department said 58-year-old Diana Lynn Taliaferro was in custody of six grandchildren — including a 2-year-old — all of whom were under age 11. Police believe she left the children alone at the hotel room and returned the next day.

Rubino said there are “several stories” pertaining to her activities, but she was believed to have been under the influence of alcohol. The children were turned over to a family friend.

Taliaferro faces five misdemeanor counts and one felony count of child neglect.

Police: JCC Parents Injured Child

A married James City County couple are facing child neglect charges after police believe they injured their child earlier this year.

Rubino said 19-year-old Cody Alexander Humble and 22-year-old Candace Mayes Humble have both been charged with felony child neglect after Child Protective Services reported the matter to police. Rubino said the nature of the injuries to the toddler are not available, though he said a medical evaluation of the child indicated previous injuries, as well as the current ones.

The abuse is alleged to have occurred between Jan. 13 and Feb. 7. Both parents were arrested April 12. Cody Humble is also facing two misdemeanor domestic assault and battery charges for allegedly assaulting his wife and the child. Rubino said the two were in an argument Feb. 7 when he allegedly grabbed her arm and put his hand over her face to keep her from talking.

Electronics Stolen From Stratford at Williamsburg Apartment

A laptop, Samsung television and iPhone were stolen from an apartment at Stratford at Williamsburg sometime between 1:30 and 4 p.m. April 13.

Rubino said the thefts occurred after someone entered the apartment through a rear bedroom window by cutting a screen. The total value of the stolen items is $1,500.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

Electronics, Wallet Stolen from Unlocked Vehicles at JCC Church

Someone stole a camera, a wallet and a leather bag full of clothing from three unlocked vehicles at the Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot off John Tyler Highway (Route 5).

The thefts occurred between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12, Rubino said. A Nikon D500 and a camera bag together valued at $1,000 were stolen from one vehicle. A wallet with a small amount of cash was stolen from another, while a leather bag full of clothing was taken from a third vehicle.

Rubino said citizens should lock the doors to their vehicles and keep all valuables out of sight.

Anyone with information should call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

York County:

Man Arrested in Connection to Alleged Brandishing of Firearm

A Gloucester County man was arrested April 8 in connection to a Jan. 31 incident in which investigators believed he displayed a firearm in a threatening manner and then threw an unidentified item at a vehicle.

Lt. Dennis Ivey of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said Douglas Keith Walker met with someone about an issue related to money on the 600 block of Georgetown Crescent in Upper York County. During that meeting, Walker is believed to have pulled up his shirt and revealed a firearm in the waist band of his pants.

When the person left the meeting, Walker is believed to have pulled up beside that person’s vehicle, where they began to argue. When the light turned green, Walker allegedly threw something out of the passenger’s side of his vehicle at the other vehicle, Ivey said.

Warrants were obtained for Walker on charges of brandishing a firearm and felony throwing an item at a car.

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