Three-year-old Kaiden Garner died last Wednesday night in what authorities THOUGHT was an accidental "hot car' death but, further investigation has proven that to be a lie.
Florence Police Lt. Wesley Gargis told The Times Daily that police responded to a call to the hospital regarding the death of the child at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday.
"Since that time, detectives have confirmed that Kaiden’s death was not in fact related to any type of injury caused by an exposure to heat," he said. "Based on the evidence gathered thus far and statements made we now consider this to be an active investigation into the homicide of 3-year-old Kaiden Garner. Preliminary autopsy reports show that Kaiden’s death resulted from blunt force trauma."
Kaiden's mother, Lesley, has said that she's still in shock that her child is dead. “I don’t know how to feel. My body is numb. My mind is numb. I don’t know how to feel." she told WAFF 48.
What's interesting here is that there are no known suspects. Kaiden's murder is still under investigation and the Florence, Alabama police are still piecing together enough evidence to make an arrest.
We've got questions though. Who was the child last with before he was found dead? Who had custody of him? What adult that has been around him had violent tendencies? We're praying that, like with many of these cases, it wasn't the mother's boyfriend or any other male in the family.
If you, or any one you know, has any information on what happened to Kaiden Garner please contact Detective Bill White at 256-760-6595 or the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610, or Shoals Area CrimeStoppers at 256-386-8685 or the Police Department's Text-A-Tip at 274637 using keyword FPDTIP plus your message.