Eden parents arrested in connection with death of 17-month-old

EDEN, N.C. — Police have arrested two parents who face charges after their daughter was found unresponsive and later died on July 11.

Antonio and Heather Gwynn were arrested in Caswell County on Tuesday evening, where police say they were found at a relatives vacant home on Stoney Creek School Road. A relative told police where they were staying. Investigators say Heather was taken into custody while Antonio ran from police, but was later found in woods nearby.

Police said Antonio and Heather Gwynn, both 22, face felony child abuse charges and Antonio is charged with second-degree murder in death of their 17-month-old daughter.

Officers and emergency responders found the child, Toni, unresponsive at the family home just after 2 p.m. on July 11. According to police, she was transported to Morehead Memorial Hospital where she later died.

Detectives interviewed the parents who, according to police, re-enacted the events that led to the child’s death. Autopsy results are pending.

“As with any child death we do a recreation of the events that lead up to the death of a child,” said Reece Pyrtle, Eden Police Chief. “Through that recreation and interview we were able to secure some warrants [Tuesday].”

But it would take several hours before investigators would be able to find the couple in Caswell County.

Heather didn’t respond to our questions for comment as she cried being escorted in the Eden Police Department. Antonio did respond except to say, “I love my kids.”

The couples other children are in the custody of Rockingham County Social Services.

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