Police: Toddler died of blunt force trauma
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The medical examiner's office in Roanoke has determined that 3-year-old Callen Mullins died of blunt force trauma.
The toddler died May 12 at a residence on Old Franklin Turnpike in Glade Hill after being found unconscious by his male caretaker, David Perdue, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Perdue called 911 just before 4 a.m. that morning and told the operator the child appeared to have been severely beaten and was unconscious. When paramedics arrived, the toddler was pronounced dead.
Three local schools earn VIP honors
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Three Franklin County elementary schools have earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement.
The schools include Boones Mill, Snow Creek and Callaway elementaries.
"This is a great recognition for the individual schools and the division," said Keith Pennington, director of curriculum and instruction for Franklin County public schools. "I know the teachers and staff of the individual schools are excited to receive the recognition. This is not something we specifically focus on each year. We work hard and do what is right for students, and as a result, we are recognized at the state level."