Medical Examiner: Murdered Hopewell teen with special needs starved to death


HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A 13-year-old boy with special needs who was found dead in his Hopewell home last September starved to death, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to 8News on Tuesday.

Two people — the teen’s 36-year-old mother and her 34-year-old roommate — were arrested and charged on September 3, 2018, after police responded to a home on N. 8th Avenue and found Jalen Goldsborough dead inside.

His mother, Amy FaJohn, was charged with first-degree murder and felony child neglect. A man who police said also lived at the home, Anthony Saunders was charged with felony child neglect. 

Shortly after Jalen Goldsborough’s death, 8News learned the teen had suffered severe abuse as an infant at the hands of his father, causing the child permanent, disabling injuries.  

On Tuesday, the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond confirmed that Goldsborough died of starvation and that his death was being investigated as a homicide.

It is unclear if the latest developments in the case will affect the pending charges against FaJohn and Saunders.

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