Codi Bigsby case: Father of missing 4-year-old in Hampton arrested on 7 counts of child neglect

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – The father of Hampton’s missing 4-year-old has been taken into custody on seven counts of child neglect.

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Sources say the charges stem from incidents dating back to December. However, it’s unclear if the charges are related to Codi Bigsby’s disappearance.

The father, Cory Bigsby, is expected to be in court Friday morning for arraignment.

The police say the the arrest of the father is not the conclusion of the investigation process. Their search will continue throughout the weekend.

A press conference will take place on Friday noon.

Lawyer Jeffrey Ambrose confirmed to 10 On Your Side investigative team that he has been tapped to portray Cory Bigsbybut that he had not been able to meet him on Thursday evening.

According to the police, Codi Bigsby was last seen in the 100 block of Ranalet Drive, in the Buckroe Pointe townhouses in the Buckroe neighborhood of Hampton. Officers were called to the home just after 9am on Monday January 31. When they arrived, Codi’s father told them the child was last seen around 2am that day.

Codi Bigsby is around 3ft tall and was last seen in black clothes and Spider-Man flip flops.

Around 4 p.m. Monday, Hampton police held a press conference regarding the search for Codi.

At the press conference, Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot said Codi’s father, Cory Bigsby, told them he woke up Monday morning to find his son was missing.

“We’ve called in all resources and have all resources here,” Talbot said following numerous offers of support.

As the the search continued until Tuesday morning, Police Chief Mark Talbot said the evidence did not match the stories they had received from Codi Bigsby’s father about when Codi was last seen. They remained parked outside the apartment where Codi lives with his father and, according to a family member, three other children.

Talbot and police spokesman Sgt. Reggie Williams did not share what that specific evidence was during a press conference Tuesday morning.

“We probably won’t know for sure how much is left until we find this child,” Talbot said.

Officials then searched the Hampton/NASA Steam Plant as “an item of extensive research” on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

When asked on Tuesday if he believed Codi Bigsby was still alive, Talbot replied, “We’ll work as if he’s out there waiting for us to find him.”

50 volunteers were originally requested to help find Codi, and all places were quickly taken. Talbot said Codi is still likely near the Buckroe Pointe townhouse area where he was reported missing.

Wednesday afternoon, father of missing 4-year-old Cory Bigsby has been named a person of interest. At the press conference, police said he had been at police headquarters voluntarily since Monday and continued to cooperate with officers.

Additionally, police said they are continuing to search within a one-mile radius of the apartment complex where Codi lives. Although the search radius has not changed, they are expanding their search areas in the grid.

All waterways inside the grid are taken into account for the search.

As Codi’s third night of searching drew to a close, 10 On Your Side’s Michelle Wolf reunited with Cory Bigsby’s sister, Tandaleyia Butler, upon her return from police headquarters. Butler said she thought Codi may have slipped through a sliding glass door after opening it and that he had opened doors and walked out before. She wants her nephew to be found safe and sound, emphasizing that her brother is not a monster.

Butler said the rest of his family will arrive in Hampton Thursday morning from Washington DC to help with the search.

Search efforts intensified Thursday morning. These increased efforts include support from nearby firefighters and police officersincluding Cape Charles Police and Suffolk Fire Department.

Officials have asked anyone who has seen Codi, his father or his siblings since Christmas to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI. Those who live in their apartment complex, Buckroe Pointe, and have surveillance cameras have also been told to call the FBI.

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