Brevard Sheriff’s Office Releases Full Criminal Investigative Report On Drowning Death of Gregory Edwards, Jr.
By Space Coast Daily // April 16, 2021
The full redacted Criminal Investigation report can be viewed at the link below
REPORT: During the course of the comprehensive investigations, it was determined that Edwards failed to properly secure her pool and failed to supervise her infant child, leading to the drowning death of Gregory Edwards, Jr.
Kathleen Edwards’ First-Degree Felony charges stem from the June 27, 2020, drowning death of her then 18-month-old son Gregory Edwards, Jr.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office released on Friday afternoon the full Criminal Investigation report in connection with the drowning death of Gregory Edwards, Jr. on June 27, 2020.
The redacted Criminal Investigation can be viewed HERE.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, on March 31, 2021, 35-year-old Kathleen Princess Edwards was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, a First-Degree Felony, stemming from the drowning death of her then 18-month-old son Gregory Edwards, Jr.
“After comprehensive investigations by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Children and Families, the Child Protective Team of Brevard and the Office of the State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida; the Office of the State Attorney filed the formal charge on March 22, 2021,” said Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tod Goodyear.
The filing of a formal charge in Brevard Circuit Criminal Court led to the issuance of a Capias (a writ ordering the arrest of a person) for Edwards to appear to answer to the criminal charge.
“During the course of the comprehensive investigations, it was determined that Edwards failed to properly secure her pool and failed to supervise her infant child, leading to the drowning death of Gregory Edwards, Jr.,” said Goodyear.
On March 22, Edwards was informed of the Capias and was provided the opportunity to voluntarily surrender. On March 31, Edwards self-surrendered, and was formally arrested and released on bond pending this criminal matter.
Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child requires the State of Florida to prove that:
1) A victim is dead;
2) The death of the victim was caused by the culpable negligence of the defendant; and
3) That the victim was at the time a child, and the victim’s death was caused by the neglect of a caregiver for the victim. Neglect of a child occurs when a caregiver fails to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child. A caregiver is defined as a parent, adult household member, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare.
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