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Georgia father charged in connection with the death of his 2 children buried in the backyard worked as a Walmart Santa

Elwyn Crocker, 50, worked as a Santa at a local Walmart, neighbors said.
(Effingham County Sheriff’s Office)

A Georgia father charged in connection with the death of his two children, who allegedly worked as a Santa at a local Walmart in the days prior to his arrest.

Elwyn Crocker, 50, who was charged with child cruelty and concealing a death in connection with the death of his children, was working as Santa Claus in the store in Rincon, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“This man is the biological father, was a Santa Claus in Rincon Walmart, and other families who have their children in his lap,” Ronald Howe, a neighbor, told WTOC.

From left to right: Kim Wright, Candice Crocker and Roy Prater was charged with child cruelty and concealing a death.
(Effingham County Sheriff’s Office)

The officials of the investigation into the disappearance of Mary Crocker, 14, searched the house in Guyton where the girl lived, and discovered two bodies. Autopsies confirmed that one of the bodies was Maria’s, while the other body was discovered by her brother Elwyn Crocker, Jr., that had not been seen since November of 2016.

Stepmother Candice Crocker, 33, Kim Wright, 50, and Wright’s friend, Roy Anthony Prater, 55, were also charged with child cruelty and concealing a death in connection with the children of the murders. They lived in the same house with Elwyn Crocker.

They were being held in the Effingham County Jail without bond. More charges were expected.

Maria Crocker, 14, left, and her brother, Elwyn, Jr., that was 14 when he disappeared in November 2016.
(Effingham County Sheriff’s Office)

Gena Sullivan, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said deputies were only the name of the residence “for complaints about a couple of pit bulls” but later learned that the family was reported to the Division of Family and Children Services. The children were enrolled in school in the province, but were pulled out for homeschooling, WTOC reported.

The news of the death shocked the small town of less than 2,000 people.

“I’ve been doing this now for 41 years and, a while ago, that I almost broke into tears. It is so bad,” Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said. “I don’t know how you do it children like this.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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