Plea Deal Offered to Parents Charged in Their Son’s Death

Co-defendants Antonio Turner and Ta’Jeanna Eason are charged with felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children in the death of their two-year-old son, Gabriel Eason. On Jan. 25, a prosecutor announced they have filed a plea deal that would remove the murder charges. The deal is being offered on the condition that both defendants accept it.

Turner was not brought over from DC jail for the proceedings. The 29-year-old defendant was released in this case but ended up in jail after he was charged with assault with significant bodily injury last November. Eason, 32, remains released.

The two were arrested approximately six months after their son’s death on April 1, 2020. Emergency personnel found the child unconscious that day on the 900 block of Division Avenue, NE. The cause of death was deemed to be blunt force injuries.

The wired plea deal would dismiss the current charges and allow the two defendants to plead guilty to three counts each of second-degree cruelty to children.  

The case was continued to Jan. 27 to allow defense counsel to speak with their clients.