The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, April 7, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Penhook woman who is charged with nine child abuse counts was denied bond Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court by Judge Stacey Moreau.
Andrea Aldaba, 46, was indicted in March on one count of causing bodily injury to a child; two counts of negligently causing or permitting the health of another person to be injured or to cause or permit the person to be tormented, beaten or cruelly treated; two counts of assault and battery of a child; and four counts of contributing to, encouraging or causing an act, omission or condition that rendered a minor child abused or neglected or in need of services or supervision.
Prosecutor Patrick Nix said the charges against Aldaba involve four of her grandchildren for whom she was the caregiver. The children range in age from 5 to 9 years old.
The alleged abuse occurred between September and the beginning of October 2013, Nix said.
The children are now in custody of Child Protective Services.
At the bond hearing, a social service worker testified that the children had multiple bruises on their bodies, scratches throughout their scalps caused by their hair being pulled out, and swollen hands. Two of the children had red spots in their eyes, which were believed to be the result of blunt force trauma.
The social worker said she went to the residence where Aldaba and the children were living. The home was cluttered with debris on the floors and other safety hazards, she said. Also, there was a strong urine smell on some items in the home.
Nix said Aldaba has no record of steady employment and is a flight risk.
Aldaba will remain in the Western Virginia Regional Jail until her trial, set for June 27 at 9 a.m.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.