THE father of a four-year-old boy who was reported missing more than four months ago has been denied bail for the fourth time.
A judge denied the request this week as the father was charged with neglect after he reportedly admitted leaving his children alone to run errands.
Cory Bigsby, who faces seven felonies for child neglect, was denied bonding for a fourth time on Tuesday.
The charges against Cory Bigsby are not directly related to the disappearance of his son Codi.
Police say Bigsby reported his son missing on January 31. Officers took him in for questioning and he allegedly told police that he twice left his young children at home while visiting several locations, 13 News Now reported.
The four boys, aged between two and five, were left alone for two hours from 5:09 p.m. to 7:09 p.m. on Jan. 25, WAVY News reported.
The allegations of neglect arise from the alleged confession.
In April, Bigsby hired a new attorney to represent him. His new attorney, Amina Matheny-Willard, claims Bigsby’s previous attorney was ineffective.
Matheny-Willard filed a motion with the judge to reevaluate Bigsby’s bond status, 13 News Now reported.
“He was clearly overcharged,” Matheny-Willard said.
“Criminal offenses for leaving your children at home are outrageous.”
Matheny-Willard said the alleged confession would result in a referral to Child Protective Services, not a felony charge.
The attorney also pointed to the fact that Bigsby’s military files were used against him and claimed that the previous bail hearings were based on emotion, WAVY reported.
Nonetheless, the judge overseeing the case has denied any bail requests.
According to 10 On Your Side, Bigsby is scheduled to return to court on June 13 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to stand trial.
“What the judge can do, and what I think the judge should do at least at the preliminary hearing, is reduce those charges to misdemeanor charges,” Matheny-Willard said.
Meanwhile, the search for Codi Bigsby is still ongoing and his father is the only person the police have named as someone interested in his disappearance.
The Hampton Police Division is asking anyone who has seen Codi since December 2021 to call her non-emergency number at 757-727-6111.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5519475/codi-bigsby-missing-child-cory-bond/ Important update in the case of the missing boy, 4, who mysteriously disappeared after dad left the kids home alone while he ran errands