Malcolm E. Tapscott Jr.

FRONT ROYAL – A Manassas man was charged Tuesday with cruelty and injuries to a 17-month-old boy, according to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department.

Police identified the defendant as Malcolm E. Tapscott Jr. and gave the location of the incident as the 300 block of Cherrydale Avenue.

A criminal complaint filed in court indicates that on Sunday the Front Royal police were with the child and his mother at Winchester Medical Center when a forensic nurse examiner examined the child. Injuries were serious but not life-threatening, the complaint states.

Injuries sustained appeared to be blunt force trauma to the boy's genitalia and upper thigh area, according to the complaint. There was also swelling and bruising seen on the child's lower body, head and left ear area, according to the complaint.

Investigator Marc Ramey wrote in the complaint that his investigation determined that the boy was in the care and control of Tapscott  when the injuries occurred. The explanation given to the mother by Tapscott was that the child had fallen inside a closet. Ramey wrote the injuries the child suffered were not consistent with that explanation. Ramey wrote that it was confirmed the child’s mother was at work in Warrenton when the injuries happened.

Tapscott is being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond. His next court date is 9 a.m. Aug. 29 in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with further information on the case is asked to contact Ramey at 540-636-2208 or by email at

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