Two plead guilty in child shooting case

Destinie Beach

Isaiah Marshall Davis, 26, and Destinie Rochelle Beach, both of Stephens City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court to charges related to a September shooting of a 4-year-old girl by a 2-year-old boy.

Davis pleaded guilty to child abuse causing serious injury and child abuse and neglect. Beach pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect and is scheduled to be sentenced April 4 while Davis is scheduled for sentencing on April 23, according to court documents.

Fauquier County Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abbey Owens said neither made any statements beyond replying yes or no to questions from the judge.

The adults had stopped at a truck stop in the 9700 block of James Madision Highway, in the Opal area of Fauquier Count, when the shooting occurred.  Beach went inside a convenience store, while Davis left the car, leaving three children inside the vehicle alone, Owens said. The third child was a toddler.

A loaded gun was left in the the car and Davis’ son shot Beach’s daughter in the upper body.

Isaiah Davis

Beach told law enforcement she did not know there was a gun in the vehicle, Owens said.

Beach went back inside the store and told the clerk the child had been bitten by a dog. They tried to treat her with bandages and peroxide.

Hours passed before the girl received medical help at a hospital.

The couple left the truck stop before police arrived and drove about two hours to Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County.

Colonial Beach police responded to a call at a motel and found the girl.

The girl was transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg where she was treated and released.

Davis still faces a charge of non-violent felony possession of a handgun in Westmoreland County Circuit Court, according to court records.