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A Tennessee mom has been indicted on 19 counts — including two counts of murder — for the death of her 15-month-old daughter, Evelyn Boswell.
Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus announced the charges against Megan “Maggie” Boswell in a press conference Wednesday. Boswell is facing two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated child abuse, one count of aggravated child neglect, one count of tampering with evidence, 12 counts of false reporting, one count of abuse of a corpse, and one count of failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual, or unnatural circumstances.
The indictment comes more than five months after Evelyn’s remains were discovered on the property of a family member, according to a statement from the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation). The toddler was last seen on December 26, 2019, but wasn’t reported as a missing child until February.
“I want to be clear when I say that after an extensive and thorough investigation other individuals were eliminated as suspects and Megan Boswell became the sole suspect in this case,” Jeff Cassidy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Cassidy declined to discuss specifics of the case, but said authorities are committed to receiving justice for the young girl.
“I know many of you still have a lot of questions in this case,” he said. “Please know that we can’t speak to the evidence gathered during this investigation because this case now has to be prosecuted.”
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch thanked the many investigators, including the FBI, TBI, and members of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, for their hard work on the case, which he acknowledged “had to be heartbreaking.”
“As we struggle to attempt to understand why or even how someone can harm an innocent child, we will never know, because thank God most of us are not wired that way, but we can certainly try our best to make sure that those responsible for these incomprehensible acts are held accountable,” he said, adding that the indictment was just the first step in achieving justice.
Rauch said authorities’ “hearts and prayers” also went out to baby Evelyn’s family.
“She didn’t deserve this. No child does and that’s why we will continue to work to pursue justice in this case,” he said. “It’s the best and most important thing we can do to honor her memory.”
Boswell is currently being held on a $1 million bond. Her next court date is scheduled for August 28.
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