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Mother, boyfriend indicted in death of 2-year-old

Elizabeth Calvo

Elizabeth Calvo

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Adam Garber

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted the young couple accused of killing a 2-year-old child just days after moving south from New York.

Elizabeth Helen Calvo, 21, and 25-year-old boyfriend Adam Ross Garber were both indicted last week on two counts of felony murder and single charges of aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children. They are accused of playing roles in the December death of Calvo’s 2-year-old son, Aiden.

According to Gwinnett County police and testimony in previous court hearings, Garber, Calvo and Calvo’s two sons moved to Norcross’ Steeplechase Apartments on Dec. 14. Two days later, Garber called police saying that Aiden wouldn’t wake up.

The toddler later died, and the medical examiner reportedly discovered he had sustained a fractured skull and bruising over much of his body. Though Calvo is believed to have a history of child abuse complaints dating back to New York and including her now-5-year-old son, police also found Google searches like “I can’t stop hitting my kid” on Garber’s cellphone.

What exactly happened prior to Aiden Calvo’s death remains unclear. Garber told police he’d seen Calvo hitting the child with “something wrapped in a towel.” The elder Calvo child told authorities that Garber would assign each brother one side of a coin, flip the coin and beat whichever youngster lost.

The felony murder charges against Calvo and Garber differ from standard murder charges in that they can be prosecuted without showing that an intent to kill was present. Felony murder is based on causing the death of another while committing a felony — in this case, both aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

Both defendants were denied bond last month and remain at the Gwinnett County jail.