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Trial begins for mother of toddler found in trash can

Posted August 9, 2010

— Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a Garner mother who is accused of killing her young son.

Sherita Nicole McNeil, of 1852 Spring Drive, faces charges of first-degree murder and concealing the death of a person – her son, DeVarion Gross.

How DeVarion died is a mystery. His autopsy showed the child, about 19 months old, was subject to “undetermined homicidal violence” and may have suffered abuse.

DeVarion's grandmother called police after she found his body in a trash can at McNeil’s house in November 2008. Investigators have said that they believe the boy had been dead for weeks.

A search of McNeil’s home on Nov. 14 revealed DeVarion’s body, wearing only a diaper, wrapped in two plastic bags in a trash can that had been drenched with bleach.

Police said DeVarion was last seen alive Oct. 3, 2008.

"Sherita McNeil repeatedly lied to family, friends and others about her son's welfare and whereabouts," Garner Police Chief Tom Moss said.

Wake County Child Protective Services had two reports from individuals concerned about DeVarion, said Warren Ludwig, child welfare administrator for Wake County, including allegations that McNeil never wanted the child and was having financial difficulties.

Both sources told Child Protective Services that prior to DeVarion's birth, McNeil had arranged for a friend to raise him, but reclaimed him when he was 8 months old.

CPS did not act on those reports, but sent a letter detailing the information to the Garner Police Department for review.

A jury was expected to be seated and opening arguments to begin on Tuesday.


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  • hrere3554 Aug 12, 2010

    Ok I'm confused about this child's death. I saw the search warrant that the baby daddy was incarcerated in Dec of 2008, and this incident took place in October. During the abuse and neglect of this child, where in God's name was the father. No one has spoke on his whereabouts. Was he involved in the child's life at all? I asked on yesterday why didn't the care taker consult someone if abuse was viable. I really think someone is covering up some actions on this child's death. something is not adding up. When was the father arrested and was he the one that killed the child? Was this child infact hated by both parents. What is really going on?

  • shortcake53 Aug 10, 2010

    Morals are things that seemed to have disappeared. It has become so socially acceptable to become pregnant at any age, there are even clothes designed especially for pregnant teens. Problem is, the girls dont think about life AFTER the pregnancy and cute clothes. Being a parent is a LIFETIME job, no days off.
    Some places have classes where the "would be parent" has to care for a "baby" that has been electronically programmed. More often than not, the "would be parent" has a change of heart at the end of the class. We need more classes like this. Girls are getting pregnant to be "cool", then when they realize its so hard, its too late.

  • wayneboyd Aug 9, 2010

    AirBorne, I didn't know the babys father was in jail, but in my work I'm forever hearing parents saying they refuse to help raise their grandchildren.
    Therein I believe is the root of the problem. If the parent had properly raised the daughter she probably wouldn't be dragging an unwanted baby home.
    Could't there be a shelter or place of refuge for a parent like this woman to go and not leave her child but be taught through supervision how to cope with it.
    I remember my two, It can be very unnerving after working hard all day and a child standing in a crib all night screaming for seemingly no reason. I remember nights when mine were teething and slept little seemingly having no regard that I came home literally too tired to eat.
    Sadly, all too often some children are the end result of a lifestyle that produced far too little income for the parents,and the check it affords is its only purpose for existence as far as the couple is concerned.

  • UPTOP Aug 9, 2010

    I bet she's still acting as though she's done nothing wrong !! I feel for the Grandmother who found her grandson, that had to be hard....

  • NoObamaCare Aug 9, 2010

    wayneboyd- I agree with your commments; also the babies father being in jail only makes matters worse! Sounds like a bad situation all around for little DeVarion.

  • wayneboyd Aug 9, 2010

    The really sad part is that the same thing is happening to some poor child that has no where to run or anywhere to hide while I am typing and you're reading this. Is there nothing we can do to help them? I don't know the answers but I am constantly aware of these things happening to innocent children.
    I'm not saying this happened to this little boy, but wouldn't it be a good idea if women who have children are found to be drug users by their doctors, that these women would be under the watchful eyes of social services for at least the first two years of the childs life.
    Babies can be frustrating for normal paarents, especially for unwed working moms and they are vulnurable to abuse.

  • LibertyandJustice Aug 9, 2010

    I don't think that birth control, an abortion, or even child services would have prevented this woman from committing a violent crime during her lifetime. If she was capable of doing this to her child, she is capable of committing violence on anyone. We, the taxpayer's would be paying for her stay behind bars eventually. An innocent child ended up being her victim instead of someone else. God bless his soul.

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 9, 2010

    We keep hearing about social services getting better but so far, same old same old. there are a lot of people in this dept that need firing!! Hopefully when Bev gets done with the SHP, she will do the same here??

  • Lickad Aug 9, 2010

    We need to find a common sense way to keep these lowlifes from having children.

  • ncguy Aug 9, 2010

    Where's the story about social services had never been to the home?