Stafford, Virginia – A 19-year-old man, Dallas Bowling, from Stafford, Virginia, is facing charges of second-degree murder and child abuse following the death of his 3-month-old son. Stafford County Sheriff’s Office stated that the incident unfolded after deputies were called to a residence on Richland Road for a medical emergency around 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive infant boy. Deputies attempted to provide emergency aid until the arrival of the Stafford County Fire and Rescue team, who then continued the resuscitation efforts. Despite these attempts, the child was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Following an investigation, the medical examiner declared the infant’s death a homicide.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Bowling on Oct. 28. He was charged with second-degree murder and child abuse, both felony offenses, and is currently held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. The case has shocked the community, not least because Bowling was a member of the Stafford County Fire and Rescue team.
The arrest has prompted a strong response from the Fire and Rescue department. In a statement released on their Facebook page, the department expressed awareness of the grave allegations against one of their own. They emphasized that the actions alleged do not represent the values of the department, and they have placed Bowling on administrative leave pending the outcome of the legal process. The department also affirmed its full cooperation with the ongoing sheriff’s office investigation.
This case highlights the tragic consequences of child abuse and the broader issues of domestic violence in communities. It also raises questions about the responsibility and conduct expected of public service members, especially those tasked with lifesaving duties. As this investigation continues, the community awaits further details and the final judicial outcome.