Leslei Jordan Kuykendall

Riverside Regional Jail

Leslie Jordan Kuykendall

Lesley Jordan Kuykendall, a 38-year-old Virginia mother, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police claimed she tried to drown her 7-month-old son in a frozen river. Witnesses called authorities at about 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2021. 27 to report that a woman and her baby were in the Appomattox River at 500 Riverside Avenue block in Hopewell, Virginia, south of Richmond.

The Hopewell Police Department said in a press release that before officers arrived on the scene, “passersby saw the woman take the child into the cold water.” Hopewell police and firefighters found the woman and child in ice water when they arrived on the scene, authorities said.

Kuykendall and his baby both survived, and Kuykendall has since been charged with attempted infanticide, authorities told Progress-Index. She has been held in the Riverside Regional Jail.

Authorities stated that the child had to be resuscitated after being pulled from the river.

Special thanks to the men and women of the Hopewell Police and Fire Departments who risked their lives this morning to save a woman and her baby pic.twitter.com/AP57vi2pop

– Hope Police (@HopewellPolice) January 11, 2021

Lieutenant Mike Langford of Hopewell Police spoke with ABC 8 and described the difficult rescue operation. “We did what we were trained to do,” he said, explaining that officers rushed into the water and rescued the baby, who was unconscious, while Kuykendall continued to descend the river.

Firefighter Jamie Scott, who was in charge of the lifeboat, said on his way out, “Our teams and the police also performed CPR on the child, restored traffic flow and transported the child to VCU Medical Center. Langford added that they were then also able to transport the woman by boat. She was taken to John Randolph Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The police lieutenant said the boy had water in his lungs but was recovering. A police press release stated, “Hopewell firefighters were able to resuscitate the child, who was transported to WHU Medical Center for further medical attention. Special thanks to the Hopewell firefighters for rescuing the child for transport”. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, writes ABC 8.

Kuykendall was charged with attempted murder, but no motive was given.

Kuykendall was arrested on January 19 and charged with attempted murder of her infant son after authorities stated that she had entered the water, dropped her child in the water up to her waist, and then moved further away from him into the river. The 38-year-old was incarcerated at the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County and a hearing on his bail is set for February 8, Progress-Index writes.

Authorities said the boy was released from the hospital after the incident, but it is not clear to whom he was entrusted. Langford also offered no motive for the alleged attempted murder, the agency wrote.

According to Progress Index, the water in the Appomattox River was about 46 degrees when the mother took her son into the water, with an air temperature of about 37 degrees and a wind chill of 32 degrees.

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Riverside Regional Jail

Leslie Jordan Kuykendall

Lesley Jordan Kuykendall, a 38-year-old Virginia mother, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police claimed she tried to drown her 7-month-old son in a frozen river. Witnesses called authorities at about 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2021. 27 to report that a woman and her baby were in the Appomattox River at 500 Riverside Avenue block in Hopewell, Virginia, south of Richmond.

The Hopewell Police Department said in a press release that before officers arrived on the scene, “passersby saw the woman take the child into the cold water.” Hopewell police and firefighters found the woman and child in ice water when they arrived on the scene, authorities said.

Kuykendall and his baby both survived, and Kuykendall has since been charged with attempted infanticide, authorities told Progress-Index. She has been held in the Riverside Regional Jail.

According to authorities, the baby had to be resuscitated after being pulled from the riverSpecial thanks to the
men and women of the Hopewell Police and Fire Department who risked their lives this morning to save a woman and her baby pic.twitter.com/AP57vi2pop

– Hope Police (@HopewellPolice) January 11, 2021

Lieutenant Mike Langford of Hopewell Police spoke with ABC 8 and described the difficult rescue operation. “We did what we were trained to do,” he said, explaining that officers rushed into the water and rescued the baby, who was unconscious, while Kuykendall continued to descend the river.

Firefighter Jamie Scott, who was in charge of the lifeboat, said on his way out, “Our teams and the police also performed CPR on the child, restored traffic flow and transported the child to VCU Medical Center. Langford added that they were then also able to transport the woman by boat. She was taken to John Randolph Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The police lieutenant said the boy had water in his lungs but was recovering. A police press release stated, “Hopewell firefighters were able to resuscitate the child, who was transported to WHU Medical Center for further medical attention. Special thanks to the Hopewell firefighters for rescuing the child for transport”. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, writes ABC 8.

Kuykendall was charged with attempted murder, but no motive was given.
On January 19, Kuykendall
was
arrested and charged with attempted murder of her infant son after authorities reported that she had jumped into the water, dropped her child into waist-high water and walked further away from him into the river. The 38-year-old was incarcerated at the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County and a hearing on his bail is set for February 8, Progress-Index writes.

Authorities said the boy was released from the hospital after the incident, but it is not clear to whom he was entrusted. Langford also offered no motive for the alleged attempted murder, the agency wrote.

According to Progress Index, the water in the Appomattox River was about 46 degrees when the mother took her son into the water, with an air temperature of about 37 degrees and a wind chill of 32 degrees.

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