Police took an Arizona mother into custody and are still searching for her boyfriend after the pair were accused of killing her toddler.
A grand jury recently indicted Alysha Hop and her boyfriend, Daniel Foster, on first-degree murder charges and warrants were issued for the couple’s arrests.
On June 6, 2020, emergency responders received a call around 11 a.m. about a “subject who was not breathing,” Sierra Vista police spokesman Corp. Scott Borgstadt said and reported by the Herald Review.
When officers arrived at Hop’s home, where Foster was also present, they discovered her 2-year-old son, Kenny "Bubs" Gamble, in his bedroom. “The officers began doing CPR until paramedics arrived,” Borgstadt said, according to the Herald Review. “The child was then taken to Canyon Vista Medical Center and then to a hospital in Tucson.”
The child died days later. According to an autopsy report, the little boy had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had multiple scalp contusions. The toddler’s cause of death was listed as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which is a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain.
The young victim’s paternal grandmother recently posted a plea on Facebook requesting help finding Hop and Foster. “There is a nationwide manhunt for these two people for the death of Kenny [Bubs] Gamble, our grandson. The mother, Alysha Hop and her boyfriend, Daniel Foster. Please help get the word out!! Help 'BUBS' find justice!!” the post reads, according to the Sierra Vista Herald.
Hop was taken into custody and booked into the county jail in Bisbee early in the evening on Sept. 1. Foster is still at large and police believe he fled the state.
Kyle Hop, the victim's uncle, told KPNX he and other family members "had a gut feeling they had something to do with it."
According to police, prior to Gamble's death, the department of child safety had gone to the home but was unable to intervene due to lack of sufficient evidence. The victim's two older sisters, ages 7 and 4, are now in the custody of their grandmother.
“You just think of it as like a dream, you wouldn't think it would happen and then it just smacks you in the face. Like, it's, it's real,” Kyle Hop told the station. “He was like, the happiest kid in the world.”
“It took this far for something to happen," he added, "so it's, it's unfortunate. And I definitely wish it never did."
Anyone with any information regarding Daniel Foster's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Sierra Vista Police at (520) 452-7500.