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Man indicted for murder in death of 3-month-old daughter

Bryan Timothy Arruda (Courtesy VPRJ)
Bryan Timothy Arruda (Courtesy VPRJ

A Toano man charged with felony child abuse in May has been indicted for murder in the aftermath of the death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Bryan Timothy Arruda, 28, was indicted by a grand jury last week on two felony charges: Murder and child abuse resulting in serious injury, according to online court records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

“Based on a report by the medical examiner’s office, the commonwealth’s attorney determined they should indict him on that [murder] charge,” according to James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

Arruda was first charged with felony child abuse May 1, two days after his 3-month-old daughter, Emery Alaine Arruda, died from injuries at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

Police said Arruda was home alone with the child April 28 when she was injured.

James City County Police and emergency medical technicians responded to the home, located in the 7600 block of Crestview Drive, around 3:21 p.m., police said in a news release.

Crews arrived to find the child “suffering from life-threatening injuries,” the release said.

The following day, the 3-month-old succumbed to her injuries at VCU Medical Center.

Williams said Arruda was arrested Monday on the murder charge.

A Jail official confirmed Arruda has been in custody since May 1.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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