Parents arrested on charges relating to infant’s death in Swanton

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SWANTON — Following a four-month investigation, police have arrested the parents of a 1-month-old boy on charges related to the infant’s death in Swanton in August 2020.

State police investigators were notified of the death of Leo Cushing at about 5 a.m. Aug. 1 inside the home he shared with his parents on Highgate Road in Swanton.

An autopsy by the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington identified the cause of death as subdural hemorrhage to the brain, and the manner of death was a homicide.

Investigators say that while alone with her child, 28-year-old Stephanie Gero, of St. Albans caused injuries to Leo Cushing prior to his death.

In addition, investigators learned that Leo’s father, 36-year-old Matthew Cushing, also of St. Albans, was aware Stephanie Gero was prohibited from being alone with the infant, but that he allowed her to be with the child unsupervised while he was taking a shower.

The investigation was reviewed by the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office, and as a result, prosecutors determined that Stephanie Gero would be charged with first-degree aggravated domestic assault and cruelty to a child with death resulting.

Prosecutors also determined that Matthew Cushing would face a charge of cruelty to a child with death resulting.

Stephanie Gero and Matthew Cushing were taken into custody today and processed at the St. Albans Barracks.

Stephanie Gero was ordered jailed on $25,000 bail at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington pending arraignment at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Matthew Cushing was processed and released on a citation to appear at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020, at Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in St. Albans.