Tonja Lashay Sydnor and Kory Lenorad Lennon

Tonja Lashay Sydnor and Kory Lenorad Lennon

Attorneys have been appointed and a preliminary hearing date set for Kory Lenorad Lennon and Tonja Lashay Sydnor who are each charged with second degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Christian Sydnor that occurred May 27.

Sydnor’s mother and Lennon were charged after an autopsy showed the child died of blunt force trauma to the head, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office reported.

A preliminary hearing for the defendants has been set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, in Halifax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Thomas Michael Jones of Keysville will defend Sydnor, while Sandra Saseen-Smith of the Halifax County Public Defender’s office has been appointed to represent Lennon.

Sydnor, 31, the mother of Christian Sydnor, and 22-year-old Lennon are being held in Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

On May 29, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sam Edmonds charged both Sydnor of 2031 Old Cluster Springs Road and Lennon of 1120 State Shed Road in Nathalie with the second-degree murder of Christian Sydnor, and Edmonds also charged Lennon with one count of felony child abuse in connection with Christian Sydnor’s death, according to Halifax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court warrants.

Investigator Jeff Burton also charged Sydnor with felony child neglect.

Authorities were summoned to a home on Old Cluster Springs Road at about 6 p.m. May 27 for an unresponsive 5-year-old, the sheriff’s office reported last week.

Deputies and emergency responders were told the child was being taken by private vehicle to the hospital and would meet rescue crews in the Riverdale area.

Crews met family members there and transported the child to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital were he was later pronounced dead.

The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

A funeral service for Christian Sydnor was held at noon Sunday at Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Skipwith.