Investigators learned the child reportedly "passed away from injuries related to the abuse sustained by his parents," and his death was ruled a homicide. The Sheriff’s Office did not disclose specific details about the type of suspected abuse.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 13, the parents, Joseph Wilson and Jodi Wilson, were arrested and charged with murder. They were booked into the Surry County Detention Center without bond.
The suspects have two biological and two foster children, The Mount Airy News reports. The Department of Social Services reportedly took custody of the Wilsons’ other children following their arrest.
In a statement, Surry County Sheriff Steve C. Hiatt said, "This is a tragic event that resulted in the death of a precious child way too soon. Please remember the other siblings involved in this situation as well as the investigators who worked tirelessly on this case in your thoughts and prayers."
The Wilsons are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 2. The investigation is ongoing.