SANFORD, Fla. —The mother of a Seminole County toddler found dead last week will now have the death of another one of her children re-examined.
Rachel Fryer, 32, is being held on nearly a million dollars bond in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter Taraji Gordon, whose body was found in a shallow grave in Putnam County.
Now Sanford police say they are reopening the 2011 death of Taraji's twin brother, Tavontae Gordon.
"We are actively reviewing the case are actively investigating," said Sanford Police Department Spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly. "We have new information we didn't have in 2011 that has prompted us to give the case a second look."
At the time the 2-month-old died, Florida Department of Children and Families officials began the process of terminating Fryer's parental rights.
The medical examiner ruled Tavontae died in the night of accidental asphyxiation, but the DCF report raises serious questions about how the infant was being cared for up until his death.
According to the report, Tavontae was diagnosed with a heart condition and needed an Apnea monitor. The night the boy died, his aunt told investigators Tavontae was not on his monitor. Even more troubling, the DCF report notes, the boy's apnea monitor was finally located in the garage.
"We need to make sure justice is served for this child, to make sure this was in fact an accident," Cordingly said.