Brian McVeigh, Calhoun County’s District Attorney, said Gregory Caver was beaten with a belt severely enough to cause blunt force trauma, and ultimately his death, because he wet himself.
Caver’s mother, India Latrice Kimble, 28, and her boyfriend Vonta Montrell McClellan, 26, both of Anniston, were charged Tuesday with capital murder.
Caver was reportedly having trouble breathing on Friday at a home on the 2400 block of Wilmer Avenue. The 5-year-old was taken to Stringfellow Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Birmingham, where he died.
McVeigh said Kimble was charged with capital murder because she was aiding and abetting the abuse.
“She verbally abused the child and did nothing to take the child away from the abuse,” the DA said.
McClellan was also charged with beating his 7-year-old daughter along with Caver. McVeigh said the girl “luckily survived.”
McVeigh said it’s unfortunate, but child abuse cases occur on a regular basis.
“It’s pretty rare that you see the level of abuse rise to the point where it causes the death of a child,” he said.
McVeigh said he wanted to thank Anniston police, the Calhoun-Cleburne Children’s Center and U.S. Marshals for their hard work to bring his office a substantial case.
Kimble and McClellan were both in the Calhoun County Jail on Wednesday evening. Court appearances for both are scheduled for Aug. 26.
Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.