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Newberry Police release incident report of 3-year-old's death

Theia Darion McArdle (R), the 21-year-old mother of the child, and her 27-year-old live-in boyfriend, Richard Frank Vermon Bowman (L), are charged with homicide by child abuse. Theia Darion McArdle (R), the 21-year-old mother of the child, and her 27-year-old live-in boyfriend, Richard Frank Vermon Bowman (L), are charged with homicide by child abuse.
Gabriel McArdle (Source: McSwain-Evans Funeral Home) Gabriel McArdle (Source: McSwain-Evans Funeral Home)
NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) -

Investigators with the Newberry Police Department have released the incident report and arrest warrants from a homicide by child abuse case that ended with the death of a 3-year-old. 

Police say Gabriel Apollo McArdle died while in the custody of his mother and her boyfriend in Newberry.

The mother, Theia Darion McArdle, and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Richard Frank Vermon Bowman, are charged with homicide by child abuse.

According to the incident report released by Newberry Police on Friday, officers were called the the hospital in Newberry by an assistant coroner.

"Above the left eye on the forehead was a purple raised bump about the size of a thumb," the report reads. "The right eye had dark discoloration all around about the size of a golf ball. Below the left side of the chin was a cut about the size of an adult finger nail. Below the right rib cage on the stomach was a deep purple mark about the size of an adult fist."

The report also says "the child's throat was basically plugged with vomit. He (the doctor) explained that a normal 3 year old [sic] child has a natural instinct to lean forward to expel vomit. He stated that something unknown had occurred to incapacitate the child to where it plugged the air way and and did not expel the vomit."

Police said McArdle and Bowman were in Newberry County with the child for McArdle to respond to an online advertisement requesting a female escort.

Police Capt. Roy McClurkin said the child was severely injured to the point of death and the coroner's office quickly ruled the death to be suspicious.

Police are still interviewing witnesses. 

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