Commonwealth v. Che Ernest Hazell; Commonwealth v. Christy Ronsha Lamour; Mother and Boyfriend Guilty in Child Death

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that Che Ernest Hazell, 30 years old, previously residing in the 600 block of Arthur Avenue  in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty yesterday of Second Degree Murder, Child Abuse, and Child Endangerment by Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley after a four-day trial.    Further, Bryant announced that Christy Ronsha Lamour, also 30 years old and previously residing in the 600 block of Arthur Avenue, was found guilty of Second Degree Murder, Child Abuse, and Child Endangerment by Judge Lilley.  The two defendants had a joint trial in Circuit Court.  Presentence reports were ordered, and Judge Lilley will sentence Hazell and Lamour on August 28, 2012.

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on April 5, 2011, Christy Ronsha Lamour brought her 5-year-old son, Christian Lamour, to Portsmouth Naval Hospital.  Christian was not breathing when he arrived at the hospital, and his body was cold and limp.  He had severe bruising, a kidney laceration, and a perforated small bowel, none of which are fatal if treated.  He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  An autopsy revealed the cause of death was a perforated bowel caused by blunt force trauma. 

Detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department began investigating Christian’s death.  Through the investigation, they learned that Christy Lamour’s live-in boyfriend, Che Ernest Hazell, often punched Christian, sat on him, and spanked him.  Christy Lamour observed the abuse by Hazell.  Lamour also spanked and beat Christian.  In the hours leading up to his death, Christian was vomiting and crying constantly.  Neither Christy Lamour nor Che Hazell sought medical treatment for Christian during this time.

Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine E. Orsini and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kari A. Kopnicky prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.