New bond set for mother, boyfriend accused in the death of toddler

Local News

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The mother and boyfriend accused of second-degree murder in the death of a two-year-old appeared in court Monday for a bond hearing.

The judge increased the bond for both Cardwell and Gardner to $375,000 each. If they post bond, the judge ordered that Cardwell and Gardner be on house arrest and have no direct contact with minors.

Cardwell, who is eight months pregnant, broke out into tears after hearing her bond.

They will appear back in court on Nov. 8.

According to the arrest affidavit from Baton Rouge Police, Cardwell became angry with the toddler and punch her, causing her to hit her head. Nevaeh was later found unresponsive by Gardner who then reportedly dumped her body in Mississippi.

Click here to read the arrest affidavit for Lanaya Cardwell

Click here to read the arrest affidavit for Phillip Gardner

Both currently remain in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest BRProud Articles

More Local News

Stay up to date with the latest news by downloading the BRProud App from the App Store or Google Play.

Trending Stories