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Warrant: Garner toddler found in plastic bag

Posted November 19, 2008 3:37 p.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2009 9:44 p.m. EST

— 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.