Babysitter charged after child killed in her home
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Heather Massey, Cole James Clark, Nicholas Stoia

By Scott Wise and Sandra Jones, WTVR

ORANGE COUNTY, Va. -- (WTVR) -- An Orange County couple was arrested and charged in connection to the death of a child killed inside their home.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Monday, May 15, that a four-year-old child had somehow gotten a hold of a gun and shot himself.

The child, Cole James Clark, was one of several children at a babysitter's home on Cecelia Lane in Orange.

Heather Massey, 27, and Nicholas J. Stoia, 25, were charged with multiple counts of Child Abuse/Neglect and Reckless Handling/Leave Loaded Firearm Endangering Child under the age of 14.

Stoia, who was not home at the time, was a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office recruit, according to officials.

The gun involved in the incident was not a service weapon, investigators added.

Both Massey and Stoia were booked at Central Va. Regional Jail without bond.

A GoFundMe account set-up to help Cole's family has swelled to more than $24,000.

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