Greenville, North Carolina – Tanya Gaskins, age 35 of Greenville, has been arrested in connection with the death of her 4-month-old daughter. The discovery of the 4-month-old girl will leave you in shock.
According to reports, Tanya Gaskins had notified authorities that her 4-month-old daughter went missing 3 days ago. Gaskins was unable to find her daughter after breast-feeding the 4-month-old. She told police that her newborn daughter was in the bed with her and they had both taken a nap. After Gaskins had awaken from her nap, her daughter was missing.
“I took my nap around 4 p.m. after I ate a 24 piece of KFC and a chocolate cake. I fed my daughter about 20 or 30 minutes before I ate my afternoon snack. My daughter was next to me and we both fell asleep. When I woke up around 6:30 p.m. my daughter was gone. No one was at my house around that time,” said Gaskins to the police.
Authorities immediately searched the home of Gaskins but found no trace of the newborn girl. Police thoroughly questioned Gaskins and determined that Gaskins had no relation to the sudden disappearance of her daughter.
Gaskin’s mother, Sarah, comes over to the home 3 times daily to check on Gaskins and assist with her daily needs. Sarah Gaskins was questioned by police and found no reason to keep her as a suspect related to the missing girl.
“My sweet Tanya wouldn’t hurt a fly,” said Sarah Gaskins to authorities. “All her life, she has been kind to people, even when they made fun of weight. She would never wish harm on anyone and she never tried to hurt anyone. She always wanted a daughter of her own that she could love and cherish. I know Tanya wouldn’t do anything to hurt that beautiful young baby, my lovely granddaughter. My daughter can’t even get out the bed without help so I know she couldn’t do anything to hurt that little girl without anyone knowing,” added Sarah Gaskins.
During the three day period that Tanya Gaskins’ daughter was assumed to be missing, Sarah Gaskins, along with others from the neighborhood posted flyers across the city to help find the 4-month-old girl. With no leads on the whereabouts of the little girl, authorities decided to questioned Tanya Gaskins again – but they never expected what they were soon to discover.
When police arrived at the residence, they were met by Paramedics who were in the process of transporting the 600 pound woman to the hospital. According to the paramedics, Tanya Gaskins had called 911 because of sever pains in her abdomen. Paramedics told the police that the house smelled of “something dead” with the odor lingering on Gaskins.
Police followed Gaskins to the hospital were doctors examined the morbidly obese woman – presenting the most gruesome discovery both doctors and the police had never witnessed in the city of Greenville. The pain that Gaskins complained about in her abdomen, which doctors thought was appendicitis, was from the rotting corpse of the 4-month-old girl. The little girl’s body was trapped under the fat of Gaskins.
Medical examiners determined that Gaskins probably rolled over the little girl while they both were sleeping, which lead to the baby’s body getting stuck in the crevices of Gaskins’ fat.
“The weight instantly killed the little girl, crushing her ribs and suffocating the little girl. Because of the amount of fat on Tanya Gaskins’ body, she was unable to feel the little body underneath it all. There was no way the little girl would have survived long in that situation,” said Dr. Kingston.
Tanya Gaskins was charged with Child Endangerment and is under house arrest pending trial.