Police: Homicide of 3-year-old disguised as hot car death

Shoals

FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence police are investigating the homicide of a child that was made to look like a hot car death.

On August 12, Florence Police officers responded to the North Alabama Medical Center about the death of 3-year-old Kaiden Garner.

Kaiden’s funeral will be held at the Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Sheffield on Saturday, August 22, at 1:00 p.m. Facemasks will be required to attend.

It was initially reported and believed that Kaiden’s death was possibly due to heat exposure.

Detectives have since confirmed that Kaiden’s death was not related to any type of injury caused by heat exposure.

Based on the evidence and statements made, detectives now consider this to be an active homicide investigation.

Preliminary autopsy reports show that Kaiden’s death resulted from blunt force trauma.

Police said they cannot provide any further information at this time but are asking for the assistance of community members.

If you or anyone you know has any information that can assist with this investigation,
please contact Detective Bill White at (256) 760-6595 or the Florence Police Department, Shoals
Area Crime Stoppers at (256) 386-8685, or Text-A-Tip to 274637 using keyword FPDTIP plus your message.

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