Longview mother arrested for murder in her child's death

3/8/17 CBS19 News at 6 p.m.

TYLER - Harrison County Sheriff''s Office said they have arrested a Longview mother for murder on March 8, 2017 after her child died when authorities say she gave him over the counter medication.

An autopsy was conducted on the 18-month-old’s body after deputies say April Gibbons claimed the child’s twin rolled over on him in his sleep, smothering him to death.

Gibbons was arrested on February 24, 2017 for 2 charges of endangering a child and posted bonds of $10,000 on each charge. Wednesday her bond was set at $250,000.

Authorities say Gibbons’ parents, Gary and Carla Evans, were home at the time the child died. They were also arrested Wednesday at the address on Whitehurst Drive in Longview on warrants for endangering a child. They were both released the same day on a $10,000 bond each.

Deputies said 5 other children were removed and placed in the custody of CPS.

The children range in ages from 18 months to 14-years-old.

Child Protective Services confirms their agency has a history with the family, and this latest case is the fourth time they have been called out to the residence.

CPS urges anyone that suspects child abuse or neglect to call their hotline at 1-800-252-5400.

© 2017 KYTX-TV


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