Fredericksburg foster parent charged with child abuse

WASHINGTON — A Fredericksburg, Virginia, man was arrested Thursday on one felony count of child abuse.

On Aug. 23, staff at an elementary school in Spotsylvania County alerted Child Protective Services to burn marks on a young boy, police said in a news release.

Detectives learned the child was living at a foster home in the City of Fredericksburg and after a monthslong investigation that included medical experts from VCU Children’s Hospital, they determined the child had received “intentional patterned burn injuries”.

On Thursday, 33-year-old Eric L. Woods turned himself in to police and was arrested for one count of felony child abuse causing injury.

Woods’ foster parent license was issued through a private child placement agency, a news release said.

Woods was released on bond.

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