Martinsville woman charged Monday in connection with unattended infant

Francis Cabiness Kissee

Francis Cabiness Kissee, 62, of Martinsville, was charged Monday with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said the Code of Virginia includes abandonment as one part of the criteria for that charge.
The charge was issued in connection with an incident that occurred at Walmart, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
A 911 call was received at 11:33 a.m. Monday, alerting authorities that an infant was unattended in a car parked at Walmart, which is located at 976 Commonwealth Blvd.
The call was dispatched at 11:34 a.m. and deputies arrived on scene at 11:37 a.m. to find a resident had already broken the window out of the vehicle and removed the infant from the car. The infant was taken inside the store, and responding EMS crews checked the child.
The child did not suffer any injuries.
Deputies obtained surveillance video from the store security cameras. After reviewing the video, it was determined the child was left in the motor vehicle with the engine off for less than 10 minutes. During the course of the investigation all evidence was reviewed with the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Child Protective Services.
Kissee was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond.
Authorities are continuing to evaluate the incident to determine if additional charges may be appropriate, Perry said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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