Couple charged in Rhea County child's death

[image] Landon Robbins (source: family photo)

6 News Reporter

SPRING CITY (WATE) - A Rhea County mother and her boyfriend have been charged with felony first degree murder in the death of her five-year-old boy.

Jessica Robbins, 29, and Bradley Adcox, 22, were charged Tuesday after an autopsy showed five-year-old Landon Robbins died of multiple blunt-force trauma.

The couple had originally been charged with abuse and neglect after they told officers the boy received his injuries Friday afternoon in a fall from a backyard swing.

Rhea County Sheriff's Office Det. Rocky Potter told 6 News Landon had injuries that were consistent with a fall, but there were also others that could not have been part of an accident.

Robbins had full custody of Landon. She also has a two other daughters, but they are now with a family member outside Rhea County.

Landon's father told 6 News he is struggling to cope with the loss with his first-born child.

"Someone should have said something because I love my son," Gerald Wells said as he held back tears. "I had plans for my son in the future and he had his own plans. I had plans to put him in football."

Landon graduated Pre-kindergarten this past spring and family members said he would have celebrated his sixth birthday next month.

Landon's great uncle Randall Wells said several loved ones had suspected Landon and his sisters were being abused, but the family members never saw direct signs.

Randall Wells said he never saw bruises, but observed other red flags, including when Landon's mother wouldn't allow family members to visit the children.

"All of the family now on top of dealing with the death is dealing with, 'Oh God if I would have done something I could've prevented this,'" Randall Wells said. "It's worth making a family member mad to dig deeper for the kid's safety."

Gerald Wells said he believes his son's tragedy helped saved the lives of his two daughters.

"My son is a hero because it could have happened to all three of them," Gerald Wells said.

Family members set up a shrine with flowers and a photograph of Landon and his sisters in River Front Park in Harriman.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Landon Friday at River Front Park from 8-10 p.m.

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