Virginia Tech wide receiver Xavier Boyce has been indicted by a grand jury on felony child-endangerment charges and faces an Oct. 25 court date, according to Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court records.
Boyce and his girlfriend, Angela Hutchins, were arrested on March 23 after an investigation by Blacksburg police. It was initiated by a call from the Department of Social Services when Boyce’s infant child suffered internal head injuries on Jan. 31.
The charges against Hutchins, the child’s mother, have been dropped. Boyce, a fourth-year junior, could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the Class 6 felony.
Boyce’s indictment means the grand jury felt there is enough evidence for a trial, and according to Virginia Tech’s student-athlete code of conduct, he will be suspended indefinitely from the football team until the felony charge is resolved. If convicted, or if he enters a no contest or guilty plea, the code of conduct states that Boyce would be permanently removed from the football team.
When asked about Boyce’s status with the team during the ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C. last week, Coach Frank Beamer would only say “it is up in the air” pending the outcome of the charge. Boyce did not participate in spring practice.
This, though, isn’t Boyce’s first run-in with the law since coming to Virginia Tech. In March 2009, he and three other then-freshmen were arrested for stealing two bicycles. Boyce received community service as punishment for that incident.
Boyce, a career backup who mostly contributed on special teams, had just two catches for 10 yards in 2010. In 25 career games, he started three times and caught 11 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
It was unlikely Boyce would have played much on offense this year with returning seniors Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale and Dyrell Roberts and redshirt junior Marcus Davis all ahead of him on the wide receiver depth chart.