Update: Friday 11 a.m.: According to Lt. Steve Taylor of the Blacksburg Police, the child suffered internal head injuries. The child, who is less than one year old, was treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Taylor said.
Taylor said the investigation of Boyce and his girlfriend began after police received a call from the Department of Social Services "on or around Jan. 31." If proven guilty, Boyce and Hutchins could face as much as five years in prison under Virginia law.
Virginia Tech wide receiver Xavier Boyce and his girlfriend, Angela A. Hutchins, were arrested Wednesday on felony child endangerment charges related to cruelty and injuries suffered by their infant child, Blacksburg police said Thursday.
The charges stem from an investigation relating to injuries suffered by the child on Jan. 31. Police believe the incident occurred in the couple’s home in the 1200 block of University City Boulevard in Blacksburg.
Police did not initially indicate the severity of the injuries suffered by the child. Boyce and Hutchins, both 20, were released on $5,000 bail, and a court date is pending.
Boyce, a redshirt sophomore from Virginia Beach Va., missed the first four games of last season with a knee injury and appeared mostly on special teams. He has 11 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown during his two years on the field for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech athletic department policy states that any student-athlete charged with a felony is automatically suspended from athletic-related activities, which means Boyce won’t be aligible to participate in spring practice when it begins on March 31.