A Virginia father has been indicted for the murder of his four-year-old son after the boy’s corpse was found in his parents’ freezer.
Little Eliel Adon Weaver’s body may have been in the freezer for two-and-a-half years before he was finally found by police in May, after his concerned uncle called the cops.
His dad Kassceen Weaver, 49, was indicted Wednesday for felony murder, felony child abuse, aggravated viscous wounding and neglect while the boy’s mother, 48-year-old Dina Weaver, has been charged with conspiracy to conceal a body and failing to render aid to a child, according to KFVS12.
Kassceen was also charged with concealment of a body, domestic assault and malicious wounding of an adult woman after he allegedly beat and burned his wife with a curling iron.
In court, his attorney successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence of malicious intent or that he was responsible for concealing the child’s body, and the charge of conspiracy to conceal was dropped, according to Law & Crime.
Kassceen is being held without bail at the Chesterfield County Jail ahead of his next court appearance on November 30. Dina is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday.
Kassceen Weaver, 49 (left), will stand trial for felony murder, felony child neglect and aggravated malicious wounding for the death of his son, four-year-old Eliel Adon Weaver. The boy’s mother, 48-year-old Dina Weaver (right) has been charged with conspiracy to conceal a body and failing to render aid to a child
Prosecutors detailed the harrowing discovery of the child’s body on Friday, according to WRIC.
Dina’s brother called the police and reported his ‘concerns’ regarding his sister’s ‘domestic violence situation,’ and said that she told him earlier that month that her son had been dead for two years.
Cops found Eliel when they obtained a warrant and searched the family’s home on Lookout Point Circle in the Richmond suburb of Chesterfield on May 4.
Deep in one of the freezers, they discovered the child’s remains tied up in twine, wrapped in adult clothing and a sheet then stored inside a bag.
That bag was placed in a plastic container, prosecutors said, and the smell of human remains emanating from it led police to call the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Charges were filed after an autopsy report from the county’s chief medical examiner confirmed Eliel’s identity.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Virginia Department of Health’s Central Region for more information about the autopsy.
Cops found Eliel Adon Weaver, 4, when they obtained a warrant and searched the family’s home on Lookout Point Circle
Chesterfield Police Major Mike Louth told WTVR-TV: ‘It’s taken a little bit of time to get us to the point right here just for the fact that this isn’t your typical type of investigation.’
‘We have human remains that had been in a freezer for approximately a year and a half to two years. So you know, we needed to have an autopsy done, and they worked really well with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,’ Louth said.
He added: ‘They brought in some specialists, some forensic anthropologists to help us out on this.’
The couple may face more charges after a final autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office is revealed, according to WWBT.
Dina Weaver has claimed that she suffers a history of physical and mental abuse, according to court records obtained by WWBT. She also allegedly feared for her safety and that of her brother.
Court records show Dina’s brother, who was not named by the outlet, had also told cops he was worried his sister was a victim of domestic violence.
Video shows officials unloading the freezer from the home near Richmond
Cops found the body of the boy in the freezer after receiving a tip
The freezer in which the body of the boy was reportedly found is loaded onto a trailer at the home
It is believed that the boy had been in the freezer for as long as two and a half years
Dina’s brother claimed she would talk to him using her work phone and that she allegedly told him on such a phone call on May 3 that Eliel had died two years prior
Dina reportedly did not call police when the boy died because of bruising on his body – though does not mention in the court documents how Eliel died
In the complaint, Dina’s brother detailed Kassceen’s ‘manipulative’ behavior such as preventing her from owning a car or cell phone. Kassceen also allegedly did not want Dina talking to her family, WWBT reported.
Dina’s brother claimed she would talk to him using her work phone and that she allegedly told him on such a phone call on May 3 that Eliel had died two years prior.
She allegedly accused Kassceen of wrapping little Eliel’s body up to place it in the freezer, WWBT reported.
Dina reportedly did not call police when the boy died because of bruising on his body – though it is not mentioned in the court documents how Eliel died.
As noted by WWBT, Dina Weaver was also pictured in mugshot with a black eye which she claimed in the court documents were caused by a ‘scuffle’ with Kassceen.
Dina also detailed a time in which Kassceen allegedly tied her up with an electrical cord and burned her with a curling iron, the outlet reported.
A second child living with the Weavers has been placed into foster care, outlets reported.