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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Woman charged with child abuse out on bond
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Kristie Leigh Hodges

Friday, June 14, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount woman, who was indicted two weeks ago by a Franklin County grand jury on charges in connection with the alleged abuse and endangerment of a child, was released on bond Tuesday afternoon.

Kristie Leigh Hodges, 41, was released on a secured $7,500 bond, according to Franklin County Circuit Court records.

Hodges was indicted on charges of maliciously causing bodily injury to the child; permitting the life of the child to be endangered; showing reckless disregard for human life; distribution of Diazepam; and distribution of Amitriptyline.

The alleged offenses occurred on April 14.

Investigator Ashley Norton with the Rocky Mount Police Department said the indictments are the result of a call to police that alleged that Hodges had given the child drugs for the purpose of harming the child.

Police officers were sent to Hodges' residence to investigate, she added.

The child was taken to the hospital, Norton said, where two prescription drugs for which Hodges has a prescription were found in the child's body.

Hodges was arrested on June 4 and was held until Tuesday in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

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