A Walmart Santa in Georgia remains in custody after cops busted him in connection with the deaths of his two kids after he’d led the officers to where they were buried — in his backyard!
Elwyn Crocker Sr. (left), who earned his living in a festive red suit and white beard at the Walmart in Rincon, Georgia, during the holiday season, led police to graves behind the double-wide trailer he’d shared with three other adult relatives and his children.
Remains of the kids — Elwyn Crocker Jr., a 14-year-old who vanished two years ago, and his sister Mary, 14, last seen alive in October — were unearthed and identified, shocking neighbors in the small farming town of Guyton, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Also in custody are Elwyn Sr.’s wife and the kids’ stepmother, Candice Crocker (right, top), her mother, Kim Wright (center), and Wright’s boyfriend, Anthony Prater (bottom) — all being held without bond on charges of concealing a death and child cruelty in the Effingham County jail.
The National ENQUIRER has learned that police found a third child, who has special needs, alive in the home.
“I’ve been doing this 41 years, and a while ago I almost broke down in tears,” Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie told the press. “It’s that bad. I cannot understand how you do children like this. It’s horrible.”
Despite the considerable time passed, the family had not reported Elwyn Jr. or Mary missing. Both were home schooled. The causes of their deaths remain under investigation by medical examiners.
Although neighbors reported red flags in the form of bruises on the children, who were often seen working in the yard, authorities appear to have been first alerted to concerns just a week before Christmas.
“Other kids said at school they could tell stuff was wrong with her hands. They were red,” neighbor Gary Bennett told a reporter from WTOC. “That was from being out in the yard, out there most of the time working.”
Daniella Gills, a 14-year-old playmate of Mary’s, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the child seemed nervous around her own home. “She would never want me to leave her,” Daniella said. “If she went to the bathroom she would want me to go with her. She wouldn’t tell me why.”
Daniella added that Elwyn had been forced to sleep in a bathtub or a closet as punishment for alleged misbehavior.
Marvin Gills, Daniella’s dad, told reporters that the stepmother’s relatives often complained about Mary and Elwyn’s behavior, in contrast to his own observation that the kids were respectful and “awesome” children.
“I feel bad because I missed something somewhere,” Gills told reporters. “It just eats at me.”