Two charged with child abuse, neglect in connection to death of Norfolk toddler

Shelby Love

NORFOLK, Va. — Police have charged two people with the death of a 2-year-old girl in East Ocean View area of Norfolk Tuesday.

23-year-old Shelby R. Love and her boyfriend, 33-year-old John Tucker Hardee have been charged with felony child abuse and neglect. Authorities say Love is the child's mother.

John Tucker Hardee

Around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, dispatchers received a call about an unresponsive child in the 9600 block of 20th Bay Street. First responders found that the child had sustained burns on various parts of her body.

The girl was then taken to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, where she was pronounced deceased.

Police say they are investigating the incident as an undetermined death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine an exact cause of death.

Love and Hardee are both being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond.

They're due back in court on Monday.