ANNISTON, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A woman and her boyfriend have been charged with capital murder in the death of a 5-year-old boy, Anniston police said Tuesday.
India Kimble, 28, and her boyfriend Vonta McClellan, 26, were arrested and charged in the death of Kimble’s son, Gregory Caver, authorities said.
Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh tells WBMA-TV that Gregory lost his life for wetting his pants.
“He wet his pants, and he died for it.” McVeigh told WBMA. “”There are no words that are adequate when a child dies, especially when they are victims of abuse.”
Police responded to a report of a child having difficulty breathing last Friday, and the boy was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Birmingham, officials said.
Department of Human Resources officials said they did a follow up and found that another child — McClellan’s 7-year-old daughter — had been abused at the same address that police initially responded to.
Investigators said when they told Kimble that the girl needed to be examined by a physician, she fled in a car along with four other children and was later arrested by U.S. Marshals in Mobile.
Anniston Police Capt. Allen George said Kimble was arrested for tampering with evidence and is being held on $1,000 bond. The woman will likely be returned to police custody in Anniston on Wednesday, investigators said.
McClellan was also arrested on child abuse charges and was being held in the Anniston City Jail on $500,000 bond when he was served with a warrant for the boy’s death, police said.
The children were beaten with a belt, George said. Police didn’t elaborate on the boy’s injuries.
Gregory’s father, Robert Fuller, lives in Mobile and told the Anniston Star he felt that justice had been served with Kimble’s arrest.
“I don’t even have a heart in my chest no more,” he said. “How can you do something like that? How can you let someone beat your child like that?”
Fuller said he’s cooperating with DHS officials to try having his two daughters brought from Anniston to Mobile by the end of the week. He said the boy’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
It’s unclear if Kimble and McClellan have attorneys.
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