Mother charged in death of young son, day after stepfather charged

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Gaston County Police have now arrested the mother in connection to the death of her 4-year-old son.

The Stepfather, Thomas Cheeks, 28, was charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of Malachi Golden Monday.

Tiffany Danielle Cheeks was arrested Tuesday. She's been charged with one count of felony accessory after the fact to first degree murder by fabricating information pertaining to the death of Malachi and communicating said information to authorities in an effort to hide the true cause of death. She has also been charged with one count of felony child abuse and neglect resulting in serious bodily injury by not providing adequate care, medical treatment, and nutrition, resulting in seriously bodily injury, malnutrition, dehydration and other medical complications. 

Thomas Cheeks was caring for Malachi in May when he was found dead in the home. Police brought charges against Cheeks six months later after toxicological work, checking medical records, and several interviews. Police did not say how the young boy died.

Thomas Cheeks is currently in jail with no bond and Tiffany Cheeks has been placed in the Gaston County jail with a $1 million bond.