By Shawna Morrison
Virginia Tech wide receiver Xavier Boyce and his girlfriend were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with injuries to their infant child, Blacksburg police said.
Boyce and Olivia Hutchins, both 20 and Landstown High graduates, were arrested on charges of cruelty and injuries to children, Lt. Steve Taylor said.
Police believe the girl, who is less than a year old, was hurt Jan. 31 at the couple's home in the 1200 block of University City Boulevard in Blacksburg, Taylor said. He said it appeared the girl had suffered internal head injuries. She was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment and later released.
An investigation began after police received a call from the Department of Social Services, Taylor said.
Boyce and Hutchins were released on $5,000 unsecured bonds, Taylor said. A court date has not been set.
Arrest warrants for the pair, which may provide additional information, had not yet been filed Thursday in Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
A charge of cruelty and injuries to children is a Class 6 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Boyce, a redshirt sophomore split end, also played on special teams for the Hokies. He played in 25 games, starting three. In 2010, he caught three passes for 10 yards.
In response to a request for comment from coach Frank Beamer, the school said any statement would have to come from athletic director Jim Weaver. A call to Weaver on Thursday afternoon was not returned.
Under Tech athletic department policy, any athlete charged with a felony is automatically suspended from all athletic-related activities until the charge is resolved, meaning Boyce won't be able to participate in the Hokies' spring practice that starts Wednesday.