Parents indicted on child abuse charges

Manassas parents whose children were found to have frostbite were indicted on child abuse charges.

Leon Perrie and Kimberly Katron Crawford, 35 and 30 respectively, were indicted on charges of child abuse by Monday’s grand jury.

Manassas school authorities discovered the Crawfords’ 11-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter had frostbitten toes Dec. 9.

A criminal complaint filed at Prince William courthouse stated that the family lived in a townhouse at 9005 Bonham Circle with minimal heat. The children slept on a wood floor with blankets, and the window in their room was broken, covered with a board.

The children were transferred to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where doctors confirmed the children were suffering from frostbite. The boy’s injuries were more severe: the front of one toe was black, indicating “dead flesh,” Manassas Police spokesman Marc Woolverton said in January. Both children and their two younger siblings have been taken from their parents and placed in foster care.

Leon Crawford and Kimberly Crawford were each indicted on two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of felony child neglect.

The Crawfords waived their rights to a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Feb. 19. Both are scheduled for jury trial July 8-9.

Staff writer Maria Hegstad can be reached at (703) 368-3101, Ext. 121.

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