Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman
Danville, VA - A Danville man is facing murder charges in connection to a 3-year-old's death. A grand jury has indicted 23 year-old Shonta Montrez Barnhill-Sherrod on first degree murder charges.
Danville police have identified the child as Teliajah Sashay Brown. Medical officials in Roanoke say the cause of death is homicide by blunt force trauma.
Emergency crews responded to an apartment on Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the 100 block of Levelton Street to reports of a 3-year-old girl in respiratory distress. They were unable to resuscitate her and Brown was later pronounced dead at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Police say Barnhill-Sherrod was taking care of Brown at the time of the incident and is the boyfriend of Brown's mother. He was served with the indictment today and is currently being held in the Danville City Jail under no bond.
Neighbors are shocked this could happen so close to home.