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Mother fights to put son's killer behind bars

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In December of 1972, Cathy Melville says she and her boyfriend, Gary Warwick, were home alone when she put Joey, her son, to bed. Melville said Warwick woke her up sometime later and told her little Joey was dead. By Stephanie Baumer In December of 1972, Cathy Melville says she and her boyfriend, Gary Warwick, were home alone when she put Joey, her son, to bed. Melville said Warwick woke her up sometime later and told her little Joey was dead. By Stephanie Baumer

(KMOV) --  A mother, who has been working for decades to put the person responsible for the death of her 1-year-old son, is searching for answers after charges were dropped again.

In December of 1972, Cathy Melville says she and her boyfriend, Gary Warwick, were home alone when she put Joey, her son, to bed. Melville said Warwick woke her up sometime later and told her little Joey was dead.

“Of course I was hysterical and of course, then in the 70s, there was no 911 or people to call” Said Melville of finding her son dead.

The death certificate that was issued lists the cause of Joey’s death as a homicide. It says he had raptures and lacerations of the liver. The certificate also says Joey suffered multiple concussions.

Melville is convinced Warwick is responsible stating that “back in the 70s I fought and tried to have him prosecuted, then he was arrested, he was charged, he was in jail and charged with murder indicted all the necessary steps”.

According to Melville, the case was later dismissed for lack of evidence.

Warwick went on with his life, got married and had two daughters. Melville said he was even the softball coach at Purdue University and ran a landscaping business.

Melville fought to reopen the case reopened again last year, again Warwick was arrested but charges were later dismissed. 

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