Father, Stepmother Charged In 5-Year-Old Boy's Death

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 18:31:48-04

A father and stepmother have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy.

According to reports, 39-year-old Phillip Jerome Gardner and 42-year-old Latonia Gardner were arrested and indicted Monday and booked into the Metro Nashville jail Tuesday in connection with the man's son's December 7 death.

A Goodlettsville police report said authorities responding to Latonia Gardner's report of her stepson not breathing found the boy unresponsive in a bathroom. The stepmother told police the boy woke up ill, and she guided him to the bathroom to vomit, at which point he fell unconscious.

The boy died at a hospital. The cause of death hasn't been released.

The Gardners were initially arrested in December on aggravated assault charges.

It's unclear if they have lawyers.