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After Remains Of 3-Year-Old Found On Softball Field Are Identified, Mother And Her Husband Are Taken Into Custody

Kristie Haas and Brandon Haas lived close to a softball field where the remains of a 3-year-old girl, believed to be Kristie's daughter, were found a year ago, according to authorities.

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More than a year after the remains of a little girl were found on a Delaware softball field complex, investigators have identified her and they're now looking at the girl's mother and her husband as persons of interest.

A dog walker came across human remains near some batting cages on the Little Lass softball fields in Smyrna in September 2019. Police have now preliminarily identified those remains as Emma Cole, 3, the Smyrna Police announced Thursday.

Kristie Haas, 28 and Brandon Haas, 38, have been taken into custody in Pennsylvania. Police are calling the couple, who used to live in Smyrna, persons of interest in the case. 

Court records obtained by Delaware News Journal reportedly show that Emma was Kristie's daughter. It's unclear if Brandon was her father.

While charges against the couple are unclear at this point, a Pennsylvania judge has set their bond at $1 million. They are expected to be extradited back to Delaware in early November. 

The couple had lived just over a mile away from the softball field when Cole’s remains were discovered. They were evicted from that home one month later, according to the Delaware News Journal. They filed for bankruptcy twice in 2019.

It’s not clear if the Haases have a lawyer who can speak on their behalf.

Investigators believed that Emma's remains had been there for at least a few weeks before the gruesome discovery, though they weren't well hidden, according to local CBS affiliate WBOCThere doesn't appear to have been any missing persons report filed for the girl, authorities said.