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Norcross parents charged with murder of 2-year-old child

Adam Garber

Adam Garber

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Elizabeth Calvo

NORCROSS — On Dec. 14, Elizabeth Calvo, her two sons and boyfriend Adam Garber moved down from New York, making a new home in a Norcross apartment near her sister.

Two days later, the young couple called 911 to report strange injuries to their 2-year-old, Aiden. As the toddler seized, bled and was transported to the hospital, Garber proposed that he had possibly eaten chemicals or ingested “poison from the carpet.”

On Dec. 22, Aiden Calvo died. His mother and father — 21 and 25 years old, respectively — have been charged in his murder. Authorities believe he may have been abused for some time.

According to Gwinnett County police incident reports obtained by the Daily Post, emergency medical personnel contacted law enforcement after being summoned to 5856 Hunt Club Drive early on the morning of Dec. 16. Garber told police that Aiden had gone to bed around 8 p.m. the night before, then woken up shortly after midnight “complaining about his eyes.”

“He said they were able to get Aiden calmed down and he went back to sleep until this morning,” the responding police officer wrote.

Garber and Aiden’s mother were awoken the next morning by their 5-year-old son, who reportedly said that his brother had “stuff” coming out of his mouth and nose. By the time EMS arrived, the 2-year-old was having seizures.

As the toddler and Elizabeth Calvo were rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, police interviewed Garber, who reportedly “started showing signs of being nervous.” He suggested various possible explanations for Aiden’s illness.

“When I advised Adam he was under investigative detention and I was going to be transporting him to police headquarters, he told me that he did not hit Aiden,” the report said.

Elizabeth Calvo’s sister, who picked up the couple’s other son, reportedly told police that Aiden’s mother was with her between 8:45 p.m. and midnight on the evening in question.

Aiden’s reported list of injuries was a long one: “several fingerprint bruises” on his back; a hand print on his buttocks; a bruised jaw; forehead bruising; a fractured skull; bleeding in his nose and stomach; bruising to his penis and scrotum; bite marks to his fingers; diaper rash with skin breakdown, “possibly from scalding”; and a subdural hematoma causing bleeding to his brain.

A doctor told police that the injuries “could only have been caused from non-accidents.”

“(She) said that it was apparent that Aiden had been abused for some time due to the healing bruises,” a police report said. “She said that the bleed on the brain was new and probably occurred within the last several hours.”

A second police report said that Garber and Calvo blamed the child’s injuries “on each other.”

The couple, originally arrested on single counts of first-degree cruelty to children, was ultimately charged with murder. Both suspects are being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said the department had no other dealings with the family during the short time they had lived in the county.