Eden, NC -- A man who was suspected of killing his 17-month-old daughter in 2013 took a plea deal Thursday, admitting to the crime in a Rockingham County court room.
According to a news release, Antonio Maurice Gwynn pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder and was sentenced to 124-161 months in prison. He also signed away his parental rights to his other minor children and can't have any contact with them. Once he's released he can only have supervised visits.
Gwynn's wife Heather, who is also facing charges and sentencing, testified for the state against her husband Thursday in court. Investigator say on October 25, 2017, 4 years after the child's death, she took them to a pond where she said her husband threw a blanket that was part of the 2013 investigation.
Divers from Guilford County Dive Team found the Pink Princess blanket submerged in the pond and still intact after four years underwater. It's the blanket they say Antonio Gwynn wrapped around the child's head.
The investigation started on July 11, 2013, when Eden police officers responded to a call about an child not breathing. Officers found 17-month-old Toni Gwynn unconscious and cold to touch. The child was later pronounced dead.
After an autopsy revealed the child died of asphyxia due to combination of chest compressions and smothering. During the investigation officers learned the child had been strapped in her infant carrier for 16 hours and the straps were too tight. A blanket had been wrapped around the child's mouth and head.
Three days later, police charged Antonio Gwynn and the child's mother Heather Gwynn with Second Degree Murder. Officers said the couple gave inconsistent statements when they were interviewed about the incident.
The Gwynns left Rockingham County before the autopsy and were arrested in Rockingham County a few days later.
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