Troy Edwards and Jathiya Wooden
Norfolk, VA - When I was a kid, I liked to play hide and seek.Â And apparently Jathiya Wooden and her boyfriend, Troy Edwards, like to play hide and seek too.Â In this case, they hid Jathiya’s four-year-old daughter Tamera Wooden and forgot to seek her.Â For a really, really long time.Â
On Sunday, Wooden inexplicably remembered that Tamera was missing, or so her story goes.Â She called police at about 3:00 p.m. Some reports say that her ex, Tamera’s father, made the call, but most of the things I’ve seen indicate that Jathiya Wooden did the dialing.Â She told police that her four year daughter was missing.Â But when Wooden wasn’t able to give police a straight timeline, they searched her house – and lo and behold, there was little Tamera.Â And Tamera was not just hiding quietly – she was dead.
I know, I’m so surprised.Â Are you surprised?Â Dead preschooler shocker in Norfolk, yeah?
On Monday, Wooden and Edwards, who is not Tamera’s daddy, were arrested on suspicion of child neglect. Probably that was because little Tamera was emaciated and appeared to have starved to death.Â Sure enough, by Monday the medical examiner ruled Tamera Wooden’s death was caused by starvation and dehydration. Â But the medical examiner didn’t think it was accidental month-long hide and seek, and ruled little Tamera’s death a homicide.
Okay, what is the deal with people starving the kids all of a sudden?Â Â Was August Forget To Feed The Babies Month and nobody told me?Â Sheez.
Both Troy Allen Edwards, 29, and Jathiya Wooden, 26, are being held at the Norfolk City Jail without bail.Â They are charged with murder and felony child neglect and are expected back in court for preliminary hearings in November.Â I sure hope they didn’t forget anyone else in that apartment, because they won’t be back there for awhile.
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