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911 caller: Toddler had been dead for three weeks

Posted December 8, 2008 4:22 p.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2009 9:44 p.m. EST

— 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.