Monday, April 25, 2016

Suspect Charged, Victim Identified in 2015 Chamberlayne Avenue Homicide

April 25, 2016

A Richmond woman faces three felony charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old stepdaughter.

Andrea P. Watkins-Simmons, 35, of the 1400 block of Clarkson Road, was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of 1st-degree murder, felony murder and child neglect

At approximately 3:53 p.m. on January 16, officers were called to a rental property in the 4900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue after a body was discovered in an unoccupied apartment. The victim was identified as Ariellisa Simmons, 2, of the 1400 block of Clarkson Road, who had previously been reported missing.

Watkins-Simmons was initially arrested in New York in late January on a charge of felony abduction. She has been fighting extradition since the time of her arrest, but was brought back to Virginia on April 19.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this case to call Major Crimes Detective Marshall Young at (804) 317-6272. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000, submit a tip online at, or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.