According to Gloucester Township Police, on May 10, 2018, officers responded to a residence on Marcia Court for a report of an unresponsive child on a lawn, and he was later pronounced deceased. The Gloucester/Camden/Salem Medical Examiner’s Office reportedly determined the child died of asphyxia and his manner of death was homicide.
NJ.com reports EMS officials noticed that Axel smelled like alcohol, and the medical examiner said he died when "a wipe containing isopropyl alcohol and detergent was placed over the mouth and nose."
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Reynolds held a cleaning wipe over Axel’s face and suffocated him until he died. Prosecutors reportedly argued during the trial that Reynolds wanted to kill her son because she was having an affair and her son was getting in the way. She and Callahan allegedly plotted together to kill her ex-boyfriend, Domenic Caruso, because Caruso allegedly spoke to police about Axel’s death.
According to NJ.com, a witness reportedly came forward and said Reynolds "expressed the sentiment" that Axel was "an obstacle to her relationship with her boyfriend."
Reynolds' attorneys, however, said Callahan killed Axel, not the other way around. They argued Reynolds performed CPR on her son and tried to revive him.
Callahan reportedly pleaded guilty to witness tampering in an agreement that prosecutors would drop the charge of conspiracy to commit murder.