Reed sentenced to 16 years in Va. child abuse case

A Berkeley Springs man convicted by a Virginia jury of child cruelty and abuse has been sentenced for several of the crimes he committed in 2021.

A Frederick County, Va. jury found Joshua Reed guilty in March of misdemeanor assault and battery, child cruelty/abuse and child abuse with injury by a parent. Jurors couldn’t agree on two charges — child cruelty/injury and child abuse by a parent with injury associated with an incident in January 2021. The court will hold additional hearings about those charges in July.

Reed, 39, was sentenced for three crimes in late May. Those crimes were committed in April and May of 2021, according to court records.

Frederick County Circuit Court Judge William W. Eldridge IV in May sentenced Reed to 12 months in jail for misdemeanor assault and battery. Reed was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony child abuse by a parent resulting in injury and was sentenced to five years in prison for felony child cruelty/abuse. Each of the felony sentences also carries three years of supervised probation after release from prison. All of the sentences will run back to back, for a total of 16 years in prison.

Reed was found guilty of causing bodily injuries to his infant daughter that caused her to become blind, and resulted in numerous bone fractures, which were detected by medical personnel during emergency treatment.

He was living in Winchester with the baby’s mother at the time of the incidents.