Front Royal mother will serve no time for her role in child’s death


The mother of a dead toddler will serve no time for her role in the death of the child, despite being found guilty on the charges she faced.

On Wednesday, a jury found Tabitha Zimmerman, 28, guilty on two counts of negligent child endangerment, after her 22-month-old son was killed by her then-boyfriend, Chad Ritchie, in November of 2017. Zimmerman was at work during the incident, in which Ritchie was watching the child and his twin brother. 

The jury recommended no prison time and no fines for Zimmerman; who had faced up to five years in prison and fines of up to $2,500 for each conviction. Ritchie entered an Alford plea in December, in which he maintained his innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him, and is currently awaiting sentencing. 

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