Nashville parents charged with 1st-degree murder in son’s death

Phillip Gardner III and Latonia Gardner (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville father and his wife were arrested in the death of his 4-year-old on Tuesday.

The arrests of Phillip Gardner III and Latonia Gardner, 42, come after they were indicted by a grand jury on one count of first-degree murder each.

The two are accused of killing Gardner’s son “during the perpetration of aggravated child abuse” on Dec. 7, 2016.

According to court documents, Latonia Gardner met officers outside their Rivergate home and reported the 4-year-old woke up from a nap, complaining of a headache and needing to vomit. She allegedly said she went to the bathroom with the child when he stumbled, went limp, and collapsed.

Officers attempted CPR and the child was rushed to Vanderbilt’s hospital where he died. The cause of the boy’s death wasn’t immediately known.

Both Phillip and Latonia Gardner are being held in the Metro jail on $500,000 each.