Newport News police trying to find man wanted for hitting child

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Newport News, Va. - A 4-year-old girl was hit in the chest hard enough to leave a bruise.  Now police need your help to find the person who they say hit her.

Police say during their investigation, the child identified the person who hit her as Derrick Stepharne Thomas, 37.

Police say Thomas was watching the child for her mother in October 2013 when it happened.

A daycare worker noticed the bruise and reported it to Child Protective Services.

Thomas is 6'3" and 160 pounds.  He is currently homeless but often frequents the 1500 block of Briarfield Road in Hampton.

He's wanted for one count of cruelty and injury to a child.

If you know where police can find him, take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

You do not have to give your name or testify in court.  If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

1 Comment

  • Honestly....

    If that was my little girl, they’d find him easily-he’d be the guy with no front teeth and two black eyes-if he was still alive. Of course, this wouldn’t happen to my kid, because my kid would never be left with some schmoe off the street. For crying out loud, parents-take care of your own!

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