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Mother charged in Garner toddler's death

Posted January 22, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— The mother of a 19-month-old boy found dead in a Garner apartment in November has been arrested in the toddler’s death.

Garner Police Thursday charged Sherita Nicole McNeil, 23, of Garner, with first-degree murder and with concealing the death of a person, Sgt. Chris Clayton said in a release.

Charges filed in death of Garner toddler Charges filed in death of Garner toddler

Family members found the body of Devarion Gross Nov. 14 in a sealed, white plastic garbage bag in a closet at the boy's 1852 Spring Drive home, which he shared with McNeil, and a 2-year-old sister.

Concerned about the boy and unable to contact McNeil, family members had gone to the house.

The plastic bag was underneath some sheets inside a plastic container, and someone had poured bleach on the sheets to mask the smell, according a search warrant released in December.

Garner police and EMS responded to a 911 call from the home shortly after 10 p.m. McNeil and her daughter were not home, according to another warrant.

Police later made contact with McNeil at a friend's home.

Family members had not seen the child in more than a month, the warrant said. McNeil had told the family he was staying with a close friend.

In a search of the home, investigators also found letters from McNeil and the boy's father, Eric Chambers. In the letters, Chambers expressed concern over McNeil's getting rid of their son, according to the warrant.

McNeil first came to authorities' attention on Nov. 3 when someone called Wake County Child Protective Services to suggest that they check on Devarion. McNeil was supposed to meet police and bring her son, but that meeting never happened.

McNeil was parenting both children alone. Chambers is in prison.

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  • Run_Forrest_Run Jan 23, 2009

    The community raising children is a tribal train of thought. Some people are raised with values that they are responsible for raising their children and no one else....others in society feel it is their job to have the children they want, whether or not they can afford them and have 'society' take care of their expenses.

    sickening.

    And I'd vote for that rule - on Gov't assistance and do something stupid like have another child - you revoke their money or you get the same amount. Imagine it then - they'd have to budget their money to spread it across the increased family.....sort of like the rest of us, eh?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    Dataclerk...Obviously you did not click the link provided, and read the warrents.. Here is the link.

    What difference would it make? Will it solve this problem? Why not be a solution instead of the problem. Can you do that?

  • Con Amor Jan 23, 2009

    Dataclerk...Obviously you did not click the link provided, and read the warrents.. Here is the link.

    http://www.wral.com/asset/news/local/2008/11/19/3991395/gross_warrant.pdf

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    There was nothing in either article concerning "gangs." Where did you get the information? Stick to the story at hand and we on board do not need you adding anything unnecessary unlated to the story.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    Why did it take so long to get this young woman arrested?
    sophiemom

    How are the police going to arrest someone when there is no crime committed? Think!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    "known gang member"

    Can you not find something positive instead of so much negative. This is why young people are like they are, because of people like you. Not all young kids are a part of a so-called gang. Where are your children at this very moment? Do you know if your child is a part of a gang? Do you even know the signs? You see no one is perfect except Christ. I just wonder how the Lord is judging you while you are judging this young lady so harshly? How many sinful mistakes have you made. Plenty I am sure. :)

  • sophiemom Jan 23, 2009

    Why did it take so long to get this young woman arrested?

  • Con Amor Jan 23, 2009

    Poor child!!! Such ashamed that his mother felt like he was worthy of nothing more than a clorox filled trash bag, and a storage box. Call me selfish, but I feel much better knowing that this precious angel is now in the lords arms, and no longer in the care of a "known gang member" father (according to the police report), and a mother who also (according to the police report) spends time dabbling into gang life with gang drawings, and such. While his death is ashamed, seems as if the lord saw fit to take him into a better home. My heart goes out to the rest of the family. I hope that they can get past their pain. Thank God that they loved the child enough to worry about his well being, and notify athorities. Such a sad ending. But I'm also glad that this woman will no longer have the chance to have, or hurt any more babies.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    My payer is that my sons do not contribute to the rise of single, never married, parents.
    kewlmom

    Good parenting. I hope your son listens really good. He will not regret it later in his life.

  • kewlmom Jan 23, 2009

    This is why I preach to my son that if he is going to participate in sexual activities, then he needs to be ready to accept adult responsibilities. He knows to wrap it up, and he knows that I would prefer he wait, but I can not control his thoughts or actions. My payer is that my sons do not contribute to the rise of single, never married, parents.

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