Mount Jackson man arrested on child abuse charges

Hirving Ayala

A Mount Jackson man was arrested Wednesday on several charges related to a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a reported child abuse incident.

Hirving Ayala, 23, is accused of injuring a 3-month-old girl in the 6000 block of Railroad Street in Mount Jackson, Sgt. Robert Poe of the Sheriff’s Office said. The girl was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital on Wednesday afternoon for treatment for her injuries, and was later transported to another hospital that specialized in pediatric care.

Poe said that he is unsure if the girl is still in the hospital at this time, and declined to give any details about her injuries as the investigation is ongoing.

Ayala was arrested on Wednesday night in Fairfax County without incident, Poe said. Ayala has been charged with felony child endangerment, felony child abuse/neglect and malicious wounding, and two misdemeanor charges of failing to secure medical care for an injured child and assault and battery on a household or family member.

There may be additional charges pending, Poe said, as the investigation continues. Ayala does not have a criminal history, Poe added.

The first court date in the case is set for Sept. 28 in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Ayala remains in custody at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center at this time.