Man charged in child’s death

Chad Ritchie

Chad Ritchie, a 28-year-old man from Front Royal, has been charged with second-degree murder and cruelty and injuries to children following the death of a 22-month-old child.

According to a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the county’s E911 Communications Center received a call Wednesday about a 22-month-old child who was in cardiac arrest at Ritchie’s home at 908 Blue Mountain Road.

“The child was transported by EMS to Warren Memorial Hospital where the child passed away,” the release stated.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Lt. Phillip Henry both declined to answer any questions about the incident on Thursday.

“You’re getting the press release and that’s all the information we’re releasing at this time,” McEathron said. “And I hope that we’ll have more information as the investigation continues.”

Ritchie will be held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, the release stated.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Henry at the Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-4128 or 540-635-7100.