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Man awaiting trial on drug charges when he fled police with child

Kyle Sunday sits in the back seat of this police cruiser outside a home on East Fairchild Drive after his arrest on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – A man accused of tossing his child into a creek during a foot pursuit in Strasburg on Monday had been free on bond for 2 1/2 years while awaiting trial in Warren County on charges of heroin distribution.

Kyle Steven Sunday, 28, of Haymarket, remains incarcerated without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of child endangerment, attempted malicious wounding and other offenses related to fleeing law enforcement. Sunday also had been wanted on charges out of Maryland and an alleged probation violation in Prince William County. Online records show multiple active cases, mostly for traffic violations, pending in two Maryland courts and a warrant for his arrest on a drug possession charge in Montgomery County.

Strasburg police arrested Sunday after he led officers in a pursuit that ended up in the attic of a friend’s residence in Madison Heights. During the foot pursuit, police say Sunday tossed his 2-year-old son down a 15-foot embankment into a creek.

Sunday had also been out on bond from Warren County when he was charged with numerous traffic violations in Maryland. Prince William County authorities allege he violated probation for earlier convictions.

A grand jury indicted Sunday in Warren County Circuit Court on Jan. 4, 2016, on two counts of distribution of heroin and one count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. Court records show the court granted Sunday a request for release on bond on Jan. 19. The court then delayed action on Sunday’s case at least 10 times until March 5, 2018, for an arraignment hearing at which the defendant pleaded not guilty. The court then scheduled Sunday’s trial for Sept. 6. Whether or not Warren County prosecutors will seek to ask the court to revoke Sunday’s bond on the drug charges remains uncertain.

Kristi Leitma

Strasburg police also implicated Sunday’s girlfriend and the mother of the child, Kristi Ann Leitma, in the incident. Authorities charged Leitma, 27, also of Haymarket, with providing false information to officers, obstruction of justice and child endangerment.

A magistrate states in a checklist used to determine bail for Leitma that the defendant “has been dishonest with (law enforcement officers) before and during (the) investigation.” The magistrate states Leitma has no criminal history, though the defendant claims she had a trespassing conviction in Haymarket.

A criminal complaint filed with Leitma’s charges by Strasburg police officer Mala Bansal states that she made contact with the defendant, who was identified as the registered owner of the vehicle.

Leitma had called the Emergency Communications Center to report that her vehicle had been stolen. She reiterated the story when speaking to Bansal, the complaint states.

“During the remainder of the conversation (Leitma) … changed her story that Sunday had gone to the store so she could make dinner,” the complaint states. “(Leitma) acknowledged that she knew Sunday was wanted out of Maryland and Virginia. She also stated that she knew he had violent tendencies.”

Leitma told Bansal that Sunday is the father of the 2-year-old child.

Leitma also remained held without bond at RSW Regional Jail as of Wednesday.

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