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Antonio Gwynn and Heather Gwynn

WENTWORTH, N.C. — The Rockingham County District Attorney’s Office will not seek the death penalty against an Eden woman in the death of her 17-month-old daughter, according to Rockingham Now.

Heather Marie Gwynn faces first degree murder charges after her 17-month-old daughter was found unresponsive and later died on July 11.

The girl’s father, Antonio Maurice Gwynn, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death.

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

An autopsy report said the suspects, both 22 at the time, starved and suffocated their daughter.

The child also had bruises on her chest and shoulders where the car seat was strapped too tight, according to an autopsy.

Warrants also show Antonio stuffed a blanket in the toddler’s mouth to stop her from crying.

Read more: Rockingham Now


  • Monica Renee

    They are stupid for not seeking the death penalty on the mother. She is just as guilty as the farther is, for the baby being died.

  • todd hanks

    Theres a special place in hell for folks like these two…at least the child doesn’t have to smell their stinch anymore…!!!

  • Ronda

    This is sad, what is this saying to other BAD parents that abuse and neglect there children? The mother has a look as if she is it. Bring them to there knees oh LORD!!

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