Mom reveals horror after coming home to find two toddlers being shaken to death high on Percocet by boyfriend.

A MOTHER has revealed her horror when she got home to find her two toddlers had allegedly been shaken to death by their boyfriend, who was high on Percocet.

A one-year-old and two-year-old have now died from their injuries, which a doctor says are likely due to Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Ciera Gillespie, the boys' mother, is facing two felony charges


Ciera Gillespie, the boys’ mother, is facing two felony chargesPhoto credit: Upshur County Sheriff’s Office
Thomas Cunningham reportedly told officers he was on Percocet during the incident


Thomas Cunningham reportedly told officers he was on Percocet during the incidentPhoto credit: Upshur County Sheriff’s Office

Ciera N. Gillespie, the boys’ mother, and her boyfriend Thomas W. Cunningham face multiple charges, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia said Friday.

However, the charges are expected to be increased as the second toddler died over the weekend, according to Upshur County Sheriff Virgil Miller, who spoke to FOX12.

Gillespie told police she left the two toddlers and a six-year-old at Cunningham’s when she ran to the store on November 28.

When she returned home, Gillespie received a call from Cunningham stating that something was wrong with the boys.

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When Gillespie got home, Cunningham handed her one of the boys, who was limp and “blood was coming out of his mouth and nose,” according to the criminal complaint obtained by FOX12.

Cunningham called 911, MPs said, and an ambulance responded to the scene.

But then, as Gillespie was about to get the two-year-old into the ambulance, Cunningham showed up with the one-year-old and said, “There was something wrong with that baby too.”

The two-year-old died in hospital.

The one-year-old died of his injuries over the weekend, according to his grandmother Stephanie Warner.

She told FOX12 that the incident was “terrible” and “unspeakable.”

The doctor who hired two-year WVU Medicine employee Dr. Melvin Wright told authorities that “the retinal injuries were the worst he had seen in 20 years.”

He also said the injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Regarding the one-year-old, the doctor said the toddler’s injuries were “significant” and also consistent with the shaking trauma, adding that “it would have to be major trauma with immediate incapacitation.”

The West Virginia State Police then released a statement on December 1, claiming Gillespie had told them of their belief that Cunningham used a controlled substance during the incident.

Cunningham later reportedly admitted to police “that he used Percocet to get high,” according to the criminal complaint.

According to My Buckhannon, he has been charged with two felonies of child molestation.

Gillespie faces two child neglect charges.

Both are reportedly being held at the West Virginia Regional Penitentiary.

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In addition to the sheriff’s office, the West Virginia State Police and the Mountain Lake Drug and Violent Crime Taskforce are investigating.

A GoFundMe was set up to support the boys’ father and sister. Mom reveals horror after coming home to find two toddlers being shaken to death high on Percocet by boyfriend.


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