A San Bernardino County couple, Sergio Mena, 32, and Samantha Garver, are facing child abuse and murder charges in connection with the death of Garver’s 1-year-old son, Henry Wheatley Brown. The couple pleaded not guilty and are currently being held without bail. The charges were announced by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Mena has been charged with murder, assault on a child causing death, and child abuse under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Special allegations for great bodily injury to a child under 5 have also been filed against him. Garver, on the other hand, has been charged with murder and child abuse under similar circumstances.
According to the San Bernardino Sun, the victim, Henry Wheatley Brown, suffered severe burns to his body and passed away at a hospital on Sunday. It was revealed that Garver had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to report to jail in connection with a 2013 child abuse conviction. She had initially been charged with willful child cruelty that could result in death, but the felony charge was dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to a misdemeanor. Garver was sentenced to 100 days in custody and ordered to complete a child abuse treatment program. However, she never reported to the rehab center, leading to an arrest warrant being issued.
Mena and Garver are scheduled to appear in court on October 12.