Step Father Arrested In The Case Of 2yr Old Nevaeh Allen – Child Believed To Be Dead

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Yesterday we reported the disappearance of 2 yr old Neveah Allen, and in a recent update to the story, the stepfather who claimed he ‘fell asleep’ has been arrested.

According to WBRZ 2

A days-long search for a missing toddler took a startling turn Sunday when police arrested the girl’s 30-year-old stepfather on charges related to her disappearance.

Detectives charged Phillip Gardner with unlawful disposal of remains and obstruction of justice, insinuating the child was deceased and that her body may have been hidden somewhere.

Nevaeh Allen, 2, was last seen when Gardner fell asleep while watching her around lunchtime Friday. She was not discovered as missing until her siblings arrived home from school around 4 p.m. Friday and the apartment door was open.

The toddler was reported missing from her home, an apartment complex on La Belle Avenue, in the Belaire neighborhood of Baton Rouge.

About the charges filed against Gardner, which indicate the child is dead, police said they were able to ascertain enough information while questioning him this weekend to charge him with a crime related to allegations he hid the body of the child.

Police said Sunday afternoon, they are still searching for the child, who is believed to be dead.

Sources close to the case told WBRZ, detectives are looking around the apartment complex and also out of town. A police spokesperson would not confirm the specifics of the search Sunday.

Police, the fire department, State Police, and the FBI were involved in the three-day-long search.

State Police warned Friday: “She is believed to be in imminent danger.”

The child’s mother, Lanaya Cardwell, said she left her children with her live-in boyfriend, the suspect, Friday.

In an interview with WBRZ, Phillip Gardner’s mother, Kim Holmes, said, “I can’t see my son hurting a child.”

Her son was later charged in connection with the case. He was taken into custody earlier in the weekend and questioned.

“It should be the last two adults to see them kids, they need to be questioned,” said Casey Amacker, the missing toddler’s uncle.

Amacker doesn’t believe his sister had anything to do with the toddler’s disappearance but understands why she’s being questioned.

“I think that [police] should take everybody, the two adults, and ask them the full questions because who can identify anything about her leaving this room right here and walking down these stairs. The story don’t make no sense,” Casey Amacker said.

Update:

According to BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Authorities said the body of Navaeh Allen, 2, the missing toddler from Baton Rouge, was found in Mississippi on Sunday, Sept. 26, and her stepfather has been arrested in connection with the investigation.

The Hancock County (Mississippi) coroner confirmed Allen’s body was found there.

It was located near the Pearlington area, which is about 20 minutes from Slidell. Investigators said earlier in the day that they believed her body was across the state line.

The baby’s stepfather, Phillip Gardner, 30, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Prison on Sunday on charges of unlawful disposal of remains and obstruction of justice.

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