​Commonwealth v. Andrea Catrina Gehring; Woman to Serve 8 Years for Beating Child with Baseball Bat​

Monday, January 22, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Andrea Catrina Gehring, 36 years old, of the 1000 block of Olds Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today for charges of Malicious Wounding and Child Abuse/Neglect. Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw sentenced Gehring to 30 years in prison with 22 years suspended leaving eight (8) years to serve.  The sentence highly exceeded the high-end of the recommendation of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which called for a maximum sentence of five (5) years and nine (9) months.

Gehring pled guilty on July 12, 2017. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on the evening of November 25, 2016, Andrea Gehring left a minor child home alone and stated that she would be back the following afternoon.  Shortly thereafter, Gehring's boyfriend came to the house looking for her.  The juvenile told him where Gehring was.  Around 1:00 a.m., Gehring returned home in a fit of rage.  She beat the child repeatedly with an aluminum baseball bat.  She hit the child in the face, shoulders, thighs, and feet. When the child tried to block her face from the strikes, Gehring hit her in the hands with the bat.  The child then asked another adult to take her to the hospital, but the adult refused to take her.

The next day, Gehring told a friend about the incident and claimed the child could not go to school because the injuries were so severe.  Gehring asked that friend to go check on the child a day later because she feared the child may have a broken hand.  The friend contacted a family member of the child, and the child was ultimately taken to the hospital.  The child's injuries included bruising and swelling to the eyes, lips, arms, shoulders, and legs.  The child also had a fractured hand. 

Police responded to Gehring's home and recovered an aluminum baseball bat, which the child identified as being the same bat used in the assault.  ​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Katharine D. Aicher prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.