According to the arrest information from the 19th JDC, Phillip Gardner told authorities that mother Lanaya Cardwell was getting ready for work when the toddler walked into the bathroom and grabbed the mother’s contact lenses. Cardwell was angry and punched her child with a closed fist in the stomach causing her to fall and hit her head on a cabinet. Nevaeh later refused to eat and complained of stomach pain to Gardner. Nevaeh laid down on the couch and Gardner found her lifeless.