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Monday, March 02, 2009

Remains of infant found near Dustin Oklahoma

By Sheila Stogsdill / State Correspondent
Published: March 2, 2009

DUSTIN– The remains of a 4-month-old girl found buried inside a wooden box were recovered by Missouri and Oklahoma authorities on Saturday.

The infant is one of three babies whose father is charged in connection with their deaths and of impregnating his daughter.

Investigators found a plastic tote that contained a wooden box and the infant’s remains in the area where the family once lived.

“Investigators had specific information on where to look,” said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

A 47-year-old Harrisonville, Mo., man is charged in Missouri with second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree statutory rape, two counts of incest and two counts of accessory abandonment of a corpse.

He is accused of molesting and impregnating his daughter over a period of several years. The victim gave birth to an infant girl on March 24, 2004 in Oklahoma when she was 15, according to a probable cause statement.

The infant died July 8, 2004.

The baby's mother told authorities that after the infant died she wrapped her in a blanket. She and her parents and sisters drove to Oklahoma and buried the baby girl in a box, according to the statement.

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