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Warrant: Garner toddler found in plastic bag

Posted November 19, 2008
Updated January 22, 2009

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— Search warrants returned Wednesday show that family concerns led police to the Garner home where they found the body of a 19-month-old boy last week.

The body of Devarion Gross was found in a sealed, white plastic bag in a closet at 1852 Spring Drive, the home he shared with a sister, 2, and his mother, Sherita McNeil.

According to the warrants, McNeil's family members were concerned about her and told police they had not seen her son recently.

McNeil first came to the attention of authorities on Nov. 3. Someone called Child Protective Services to suggest that they check on Devarion. McNeil was asked to meet police and bring her son. That meeting never happened.

On Nov. 14, family members who were concerned about the boy were unable to contact McNeil. They went to her house, entered with a key and found the child's body, the warrants said.

Garner police and EMS responded to a call to the home just after 10 p.m. The boy was in the bag when they arrived, according to the warrants. McNeil and her daughter were not home.

Police later made contact with her at the home of a friend. No charges have been filed in the case.

According to the warrants, McNeil was parenting both children alone. The boy's father, Eric Chambers, is in prison.

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  • teacher-mom Nov 20, 2008

    I am a single parent; not by choice, by divorce. It was my ex-husband's choice to leave our family. I think I did a pretty good job. You need to be careful how you say things.

  • haggis basher Nov 20, 2008

    "No point in posting anything...all if does it get moderated!"

    Don't you think that comment is a little ironic from someones whos ID is "Quit Whining"?

  • haggis basher Nov 20, 2008

    "Why havent charges been filed on this woman? Is she just walking around scott free, after her child was found in a bag on the closet floor?"
    Because we don't know a crime (other than not burying a dead person) has been committed........Kids die from natural causes and maybe she panicked and thought she would be blamed.....autopsy may clear things up a bit.

  • Im all 4 JUSTICE Nov 20, 2008

    THIS IS SO SAD.... THIS SADDENS ME.... I UNDERSTAND THAT TAKING CARE OF A CHILD IS A CHALLENGE, BUT IF YOU MAKE THEM THEN YOU NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER, BECAUSE NO ONE SAID RAISING A CHILD OR CHILDREN WOULD BE EASY. BUT THATS YOUR CHILD THAT YOU GAVE BIRTH TOO, HOW COULD YOU DO THIS. MAY GOD BE WITH THE LIVING CHILD AND THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT ARE SADDEN BY THIS... BUT FOR THE MOTHER, I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR YOU, YOU WILL HAVE JUDGEMENT DAY, AND YOU WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE...... LADIES IF YOU CAN'T TAKE CARE OF THEM DON'T MAKE THEM, KEEP YOUR LEGS CLOSE, DONT MAKE THEM.... CHILDREN DESERVE LOVE, AND A CHANCE TO LIVE JUST LIKE YOUR PARENTS HAVE DONE FOR YOU...... GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THIS EVIL WOMAN, SO CALLED MOTHER OF THIS PRECIOUS ANGELS...............

  • Im all 4 JUSTICE Nov 20, 2008

    HAVING AND RAISING A CHILD OR CHILDREN ITS HARD AND CHALLENGING AT TIMES ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR RAISING THEM BY YOURSELF, SO IF YOU CANT TAKE CARE OF THEM THEN DONT HAVE THEM. MAKE BETTER DECISION WITH WHOM YOU CHOOSE TO FATHER YOUR CHILD, CHILD DESERVE BOTH THEIR PARENTS, THATS THE WAY I THINK....CHILDREN DESERVES LOVE, AFFECTION, AND THE CHANCE TO LEARN AND GROW UP TO BECOME THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICA. BUT IM SICK OF THESE PARENT{S} HURTING AND KILLING THEIR CHILD FOR WHAT EVER THE REASON MAY BE. I PRAY THAT THE FAMILY COULD FIND PEACE AND COMFORT IN THEIR HEARTS FOR WHAT THIS MOTHER HAS DONE TO HER CHILD..... I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THOSE WHO HARM OR KILL CHILDREN, SHE WILL STILL HAVE TO FACE THIS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE, AND STILL GOT TO ANSWER TO GOD.........

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 20, 2008

    "This is another testimonial in favor of adoption over single parenting"

    Most of those people want to adopt Healthy White babies and not every one wants to give up their kid to a stranger.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 20, 2008

    Like I have stated before in another post, make Birth control and abortions more affordable and available. Also take out the stigma.

    Too many irresponsible young women are having babies. This can be prevented.

  • sayitoutloud Nov 20, 2008

    Why havent charges been filed on this woman? Is she just walking around scott free, after her child was found in a bag on the closet floor?

  • crazymom501 Nov 19, 2008

    amen 1 moms view you are exactly right

  • concern 1 Nov 19, 2008

    Well no ones knows what had to be going through this young girls
    mind when this happen
    however knowing some of the key players in this tragic situation
    she has a choice and one was people wanted the child
    and the mother knew he could have been well taken care of
    It just saddens me to know that yes the father is in prison
    but who knows what kind of man he will be among his release? he diffidently will not have the opportunity to be a father to this child God bless all involved

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