Marrero mom accused in toddler's death surrenders to police

Marrero mom accused in toddler's death surrenders to police
Timothy Thompson in an undated photo. (Source: Laverne Thompson)
Timothy Thompson in an undated photo. (Source: Laverne Thompson)

MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - The mother and father of 2-year-old Timothy Thompson are now in custody. Both are accused of killing the boy after his decomposing body was found in a shallow grave under the Huey P. Long Bridge in July.

The coroner said it's still unclear exactly how Timothy died, but last week, his death was declared a homicide, prompting the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to issue second-degree murder arrest warrants for 21-year-old Gabrielle Whittington and Onterio Thompson. Whittington surrendered to police this weekend. Thompson was already jailed on unrelated charges.

"I'm not a bias parent. I'm all for consequences. You do something wrong, then you're going to suffer the consequences," said Onterio Thompson's mother, Laverne, who is now taking care of the couple's three other children.

Laverne lives in Texas. She said when she came in to town last February, she immediately knew something was wrong with her grandson.

"I see Timothy and I'm looking at him and I said, 'Who is this child?' I was very disturbed. I said, "What's going on? Why does my grandchild look like this?"" she said.

Laverne said Timothy was extremely thin, and she became so upset she immediately took him to the hospital. She said child protective services got involved, but nothing changed.

"So, of course, they stopped speaking to me because they were upset because I initiated child protection. I didn't like the way my grandchildren looked. I didn't hear from them from February to March to April to June," Laverne Thompson said.

Laverne said she became desperate in June when she discovered little Timothy was missing, and she reported it to police. Investigators questioned the couple, and Onterio eventually led them to Timothy's body.

"It was such an emotional moment. I just felt like everything in my life just stopped," Laverne Thompson said.

Laverne believes she knows what happened to her grandson.

"From the way he looked when I saw him in February - he was skin and bones - I believe he was starved. I believe they starved him to death," she said.

Now, she hopes justice is served. Until more information is revealed, she believes there should be no bond for Gabrielle or Onterio.

"I am not that kind of mother. I am not going to come to your aid. I am not going to give you a slap on the wrist when my grandson is dead," she said.

So far, bond has not been set for Gabrielle Whittington or Ontario Thompson.

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