• 61°

Rowan County DSS continues investigate Rockwell baby death

By Shavonne Potts

Salisbury Post

A Rowan County Department of Social Services investigation continues into the death of a 7-day-old Rockwell infant.

The baby, Tanner Chapman, was released from NorthEast on Dec. 5, and two days later, the boy was found dead in his home.

Tanner’s parents, Bryant Chapman and Amber Revis, both of 134 Wingate Lane, Rockwell, were indicted Tuesday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies arrested them Wednesday.

Social Services placed a primary caretaker, a relative of the father’s, to watch over the infant.

Barbara Sharpe, a program administrator with Social Services’ Children’s Services Division, said when the investigation is closed they’ll determine what responsibility the caretaker had.

“We’ll consider whether or not to substantiate neglect on that person,” Sharpe said.

Social Services was called from the NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, where Tanner was born to investigate because he was born with drugs in his system.

They thought two other children who lived at the Rockwell home could be at risk.

Sharpe said even if Social Services finds any wrongdoing on the caretakers part, it “doesn’t mean law enforcement would charge that person.”

Also in December, authorities charged Shannon Elizabeth Anderson, 22, of 6125 Faith Road, Salisbury, with second-degree murder in the death of Matthew Gabriel Brown, her 26-day-old son.

The Brown baby’s death occurred Nov. 30. Anderson had told the Sheriff’s Department she fell asleep on a couch with her baby, who was later found unresponsive.

Sharpe said although an infant died in this case as well they did not conduct an investigation.

Social Services officials did not pursue an investigation because there were no other children who lived in the home.

“We would have been looking at the safety and safety risk of the remaining children in home,” Sharpe said.

Autopsies were performed on both infants.

Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost.com.


Comments closed.


Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes


Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station


The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road



High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West


Salisbury to show off new fire station


Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month


City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color


Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association


Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget


Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury


City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance


North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person

East Spencer

Developers aim to transform former Dunbar School site into multi-purpose community development


Knox student organizing event to get community cycling


Decision on Essie Mae charter appeal expected Thursday


House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition


Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol


States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper receives COVID-19 vaccine


North Carolina health officials urge schools to reopen


In letter, PETA criticizes Salisbury Police for K-9 video


Three deaths, 29 new COVID-19 positives reported


Blotter: Bullet holes found in woman’s Park Avenue apartment