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Va. Couple Charged with Murder in Toddler's Death

May 4, 2012

An Abingdon woman and her boyfriend face second-degree murder charges in the death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter.

Abington Police Chief Tony Sullivan tells media outlets that 33-year-old Silas Edward McCracken III is accused of wrapping Madison Snead in blankets to restrict her movements and then sitting on the girl's chest.

The girl's mother, 25-year-old Sarah Louise Snead is accused of helping McCracken restrain the child and not seeking medical help for her.

A medical examiner's report listed the cause of death as suffocation due to mechanical asphyxia.

McCracken and Snead initially were charged with felony child abuse and neglect after the girl died in November 2011.

Both are being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.

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