Mother charged after teen’s death out of jail

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Date: 2009-02-05

AMANDA STEWART
Stafford County Sun

WOODBRIDGE — Police believe that 13-year-old Alexis Glover had a medical emergency in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, and her mother did not get her medical attention, according to court documents read in Prince William County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Instead, police say Alfreedia Gregg-Glover, 44, dumped her adopted daughter—who was possibly still alive—in a freezing creek and then made up a story about the girl running away. Two days later, a man walking his dog near the McCoart Administration Building found the teen’s body.

Gregg-Glover is charged with child neglect and filing a false police report in connection with Alexis’ death.

On Monday, Glover was released from jail Monday after a judge in Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court granted her a $5,000 bond on the child neglect charge. A judge in Prince William General District Court previously granted her a $5,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge.

Prosecutors appealed the bond decision, arguing Gregg-Glover should remain in jail.

At a Thursday morning hearing, Prince William Circuit Court Judge Mary Grace O’Brien ruled that Gregg-Glover could remain out on bond.

O’Brien said she would not reverse the lower court’s decision to grant bond on the child neglect charge.

Gregg-Glover is not considered a flight risk and has met all of her pre-trial conditions so far, O’Brien said. She is currently on pre-trial supervision in Chesapeake County, where she is living.

O’Brien said she could only make the decision based on the child neglect charge, not on other charges that may be brought in the future.

Defense attorney Barry Zweig said his client willingly appeared in court Thursday, with no official notification from the court, only a phone call from him.

According to a criminal complaint read in court Thursday, police believe that Alexis had an unspecified medical emergency around 7 a.m. on Jan. 7 and Gregg-Glover did not get her proper medical attention.

Gregg-Glover reported her daughter missing on Jan. 7, saying that the girl had run away from her at Central Library in Manassas.

A massive search effort, including more than 300 law enforcement officers and volunteers, ensued to look for Alexis, who her mother said suffered from severe autism and sickle cell anemia.

Police said that Gregg-Glover dumped her daughter’s body in a creek in Woodbridge, where she was found two days after she was first reported missing.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Claiborne Richardson said prosecutors may bring more charges against Gregg-Glover next month.

A medical examiner’s report shows that Alexis’ lungs had some water in them when she died, Richardson said.

As a condition of her bond, Gregg-Glover is currently living in Virginia Beach with her brother, defense attorney Barry Zweig said. She has been ordered to have no contact with children, including her 11-year-old daughter.

Amanda Stewart is a staff writer for the News & Messenger.

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