Bond appeal denied in child abuse case

Hirving Ayala

WOODSTOCK — Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied a defense motion to grant bond Wednesday in the case involving a Mount Jackson man accused of causing serious injury to his 3-month-old daughter.

Hirving Ayala, 23, was arrested on Sept. 13 on several charges related to the incident in which the infant suffered broken ribs, a broken leg and a laceration to her liver. Authorities accuse Ayala of throwing the child on the bed by her leg and squeezing her ribs. The charges against him include child abuse/neglect, child endangerment, malicious wounding, failing to secure medical attention for a child and domestic assault.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley noted in her argument against bond that three of the child’s rib fractures — which weren’t discovered until the child’s grandmother took her to the hospital — were from at least two weeks prior to the Sept. 12 incident. Wiseley added that the child’s mother saw more bruises appear as the day went on, and had to feed her with an eyedropper because the infant was in so much distress.

“I think the facts say it all in this case,” Wiseley told the judge.

Ayala’s attorney, David Hensley, brought Ayala’s grandmother and uncle to testify on his behalf, noting that Ayala has strong ties to the area, since he came to the Shenandoah Valley from Puerto Rico in 2012, and could live and work near family. Hensley noted that the child is currently in foster care, and that a no contact provision would be sufficient.

Hupp denied the motion, and Ayala remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing in this case has been set for Dec. 7 in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.