Murdered Hopewell teen was victim of severe abuse as infant

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — The body of a 13-year old was found in a Hopewell home on Sunday, leading authorities to charge two people, including the boy’s mother, in the death. 

Neighbors told 8News the victim’s name was Jalen Goldsborough and that he had special needs. 

8News discovered court documents from 13 years ago that show Goldsborough had been severely abused by his father, causing the child permanent, disabling injuries.  

In 2005, J. Goldsborough’s father, Charles Byron Goldsborough II, pled guilty after severely injuring the child at 17 days old.

Court documents from Chesterfield County Circuit Court reveal that C. Goldsborough “did unlawfully, feloniously, and maliciously, cause bodily injury…with intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.” 

C. Goldsborough was charged with one count of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of malicious wounding after J. Goldsborough “received severe trauma to his skull, eyes and legs,” according to court documents. 

Court records also show that C. Goldsborough’s lawyers asked for an independent psychiatric evaluation to be performed and be submitted for testimony in the case.

“The behavior allegedly exhibited was wildly out of character for the defendant making the need to perform a thorough examination critical,” C. Goldsborough’s counsel argued.   

C. Goldsborough was sentenced in 2006. 

Amy FaJohn, the child’s 36-year old mother, was charged with first-degree murder and felony child neglect, according to a release from Hopewell Police. 

Anthony Saunders, who lived with FaJohn, was also charged with felony child neglect. 

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