Father of missing Virginia child denied bond

Posted at 11:01 AM, February 9, 2022 and last updated 1:05 PM, June 14, 2023

HAMPTON, Va. (SCRIPPS) – The father of a missing 4-year-old boy in Virginia was denied bond Tuesday.

Cory Bigsby is charged with seven counts of felony child neglect, unrelated to the case of his missing son, Codi Bigsby.

Codi was reported missing Jan. 31. Cory was arrested Feb. 3 after admitting to leaving his children, all under the age of 6, home alone on multiple occasions, according to WTKR.

FILE – Codi Bigsby (Hampton Police via WTKR)

At Cory’s bond hearing, defense attorney Jeff Ambrose said his client has never been convicted of a crime in the past and has had no failures to appear in court.

He added that Cory came to Virginia through the military and was honorably discharged.

Prosecutor Anton Bell said Cory had previously been convicted of AWOL in the military, which the defendant confirmed was true. Ambrose said, “I don’t believe (Cory) lied. I believe when the question of whether he had a conviction came up, he wasn’t thinking of military convictions.”

Cory’s next court hearing is scheduled for April 5.

Police are still searching for Codi and need the public’s help. If you know anything, you’re asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online at P3Tips.com or via the P3Tips app.

This story was originally reported by WTKR in Norfolk, an E.W. Scripps Company.