Richmond father charged in connection to death of newborn baby


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department has arrested a father in connection to the death of his infant daughter.

According to police, the 10-day-old baby was taken to the hospital around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30. The child’s mother brought her in to be treated for unknown injuries which police said had occured at her home on North 4th Street.

Richmond Police said hospital workers contacted them about the situation.

Despite treatment, the infant died on Aug. 10, at about three weeks old. The Medical Examiner declared her death a homicide. RPD said the agency will not releasing the exact cause of death for the infant but did say the injuries weren’t immediately clear. 

RPD is withholding the identity of the baby.

On Monday, the baby’s father, 23-year-old Matthew Sebolka, was taken into custody in connection to that homicide. He has been charged with abuse and neglect and police said more charges are pending.

According to court documents, Sebolka was recently found guilty of several animal-abuse related charges in April. This included three counts of inadequate animal care by owner, a class 4 misdemeanor. He also had one misdemeanor charge for cruelty to animals but it was dropped in court. These charges stemmed from incidents that occurred in October 2020.

Anyone able to offer information about the infant’s death is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Sergeant D. Longoria at (804) 646-6759 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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