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911 caller: Toddler had been dead for three weeks

Posted December 8, 2008
Updated January 22, 2009

— A woman calling 911 tells an emergency dispatcher that her grandson has been dead for about three weeks and that her son found the body in the boy's home, according to a 911 call released Monday.

"Something wasn't feeling right with me, so I told my son to just come over and check the apartment out, and he did, and he found him," the caller tells the dispatcher in the Nov. 14 call.

"Do you think the baby is beyond any help?" the dispatcher asks.

"Sir, the baby's been dead for over – about three weeks or longer," the caller says.

The body of Devarion Gross, 19 months, was found in a sealed, white plastic bag that day in a closet at 1852 Spring Drive, the home he shared with a sister, 2, and his mother, Sherita McNeil.

According to the 911 call, the boy's grandmother said Devarion had been missing and that Garner police knew that someone had reported him missing.

In a search warrant affidavit released last month, McNeil first came to the attention of authorities on Nov. 3, when someone called Child Protective Services to suggest they check on the child.

McNeil was asked to meet police and bring her son. That meeting never happened.

It's unclear, however, if police had been informed that the child was missing.

Investigators have questioned McNeil, but have not filed any charges in the case.


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  • stacey012585 Dec 9, 2008

    The grandmother is not trying to say that he was killed three weeks ago. She just has not seen him in three weeks. Her son is not the Father of the baby.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 9, 2008

    Warm up old sparkie....

  • Eduardo1 Dec 9, 2008

    HOW DID GRANNIE KNOW THAT THIS BABY WAS DEAD 3 WEEKS? Was the son that she called, the farther of the baby? When the fish stinks, it stinks from both ends! Something sure ain't right about this. When Grannie made the call, she STATED that the 'BABY WAS DEAD 3 WEEKS' It appears that we have another Florida story here, but this time we have a dead body.

  • merrywidow Dec 9, 2008

    camm: "If a society will allow children's death before birth why should anyone be shocked at their death after birth?

    We reap what we sow."

    Stupid hogwash! Just because one is pro-choice doesn't mean they are unfeeling monsters. I am a mother myself and would do anything to protect a child.

    But there is a difference between a born child and an unwanted fetus in the first trimester. Both human yes, but if a woman wants to kill an unwanted embryo/fetus that is in her body she has the right to do so (I believe there should be no restrictions in the 1st trimester, restrictions in the second and third trimesters). I would have no problem having an abortion if I were raped or if my birth control failed during this time in my life.

  • Con Amor Dec 9, 2008

    This is SO SAD!! Why was the childs identity never made public when he was first missing? Not that it would have made any differance in saving him, but at least he may could have had an open casket.

  • familyfour Dec 9, 2008

    And that's not to mention what happened to him before she did all that.......

  • ashewing Dec 9, 2008

    familyfour - EXACTAMUNDO!! You hit the nail on the head....and no charges?

  • Weetie Dec 9, 2008

    Eduardo1: What happened is: people no longer have any morals. Wonder why?

  • familyfour Dec 9, 2008

    Mom is still walking around like she never stuffed her baby boy in a bag, then put him in a plastic tote, then left him there, in a closet, in her home, with his sister wlaking around wondering where brother is......and went on about her business.

    What a Mom.

  • opd162 Dec 9, 2008

    Let me see if I can explain in a different way . To bowling brat....Grandma hasn't seen him in 3 weeks...then she finds him dead...put 2 and 2 together....come on...grandma is a reasonable person,she feels the child has been dead at least that long since she has not seen him.