It’s Mother’s Day in Michigan, the weather is beautiful it’s a prefect day to be outside and celebrate with the family. While I was enjoying the day with my hubby and kids, getting presents, visiting grandmas and planting flowers, the police in Highland Park, were responding to a call of an unresponsive child.
Matilda Jane Brown Gardner (30) called 911 around noon on Sunday, May 8th, stating she had a 4-year-old child unresponsive and not breathing, EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital but it was too late, Robert Byrd (4) was already deceased. Doctors, suspected abuse and notified police, what made them suspect abuse you ask? I’m getting to that, but you really should prepare yourself, because when I break this down for you, your heart is going to break, your anger will boil over and your imagination will run wild thinking of new and creative ways to get justice for Robert.
In 2007, Robert and his older brother Anthony were taken in by his aunt Matilda and her husband Randy Steve Gardner (32) after their mother passed away from a brain aneurism and their father went to jail. According to family members Matilda volunteered to take the boys wanting them because they were her sister’s children.
Robert has Sickle Cell Anemia, which makes him prone to fatigue, pain and swelling in his hands and feet and unable to fight most infections, some infections could be life threatening. However sickle cell anemia is not what ended Robert’s young life, no, no, no… it was the cruel, negligent treatment at the hands of Monster Matilda and Rabid Randy. You see… Robert was starved, chained to a desk, beat, and cut and all around treated like shit! My heart breaks for Robert, he lost his mommy, his daddy was gone and the only people he knew as parental figures hurt him repeatedly and it appears it was only him.
When police went to the home to execute a search warrant following the contact from the doctors, they were greeted with the strong smell of bleach throughout the house. The entire house was spotless; it appeared to have been thoroughly cleaned and mopped.
The medical examiner ruled Robert’s death a homicide, with cause of death starvation, stating his body showed signs of long term abuse. These mother fuckers, hadn’t this little guy already been through enough in his short life? Why? Why? Why, was he singled out for the mistreatment? All of the children, ranging in age for 4-10-years-old, have been placed in foster care.
Monster Matilda and Rabid Randy have been charged with one count of first-degree murder, felony murder, torture and first degree child abuse. Michigan doesn’t have the death penalty and it is damn shame!
Thanks to all who sent in the tips and updates as the story broke.
R.I.P. Robert, be safe in the arms of your mother.