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The Tennessee mom whose 15-month-old toddler has been missing since December, but whose disappearance was only reported this month, has been arrested for allegedly misleading investigators.
Megan Boswell was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly providing conflicting information to authorities in the puzzling case involving her missing daughter, Evelyn, USA Today reported. She was charged with one count of making false reports to authorities, a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson confirmed.
In the course of their investigation, the 18-year-old mother pointed the finger at the child’s grandmother — and urged the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to search a campground in Mendota, Virginia where she alleged Angela Boswell was keeping the 15-month-old tot in a silver camper.
“I told TBI where to find her in Mendota,” Boswell told WREG-TV. “My mom took her to a campground in a silver camper and if they don’t go tonight, I’m going to go find her myself, because I’ve told them and they’re not really like taking it seriously and if they don’t go tonight, I will go myself and go get her. … They’re not taking me seriously.”
However, law enforcement claimed an extensive search of the property, which turned up nothing, had already been carried out.
Following the Amber Alert, authorities issued a BOLO (be on the look out) regarding a gray 2007 BMW. Boswell’s mother was later arrested in North Carolina as the driver of that vehicle, along with her boyfriend, William McLoud, WJHL-TV reported. Angela Boswell, who was slapped with possession of stolen property and probation violation charges, has since been extradited back to Sullivan County, according to the ABC affiliate.
Although investigators haven’t pressed charges against the missing girl’s family in relation to her disappearance, authorities believe that Megan Boswell has been lying to them since the investigation began.
"Every time we talk to her, her story changes," Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. "I'm serious when I say that. Every single time."
Authorities, who have received more than 500 tips related to the case, are still holding onto hope that the little girl is alive.
"I hope and pray, my staff hopes and prays and everyone who works on this case hope and prays … that she is alive," Cassidy also told local reporters at a courtroom press briefing in Blountville, Tennessee this week.
A pond in Wilkes County, North Carolina was being searched by investigators this week in relation to Evelyn's disappearance but on Wednesday authorities announced the effort was "inconclusive," NBC News reported.
The 18-year-old mother has previously described Evelyn as a “very sweet” and “good-hearted baby.”
“She’s starting to say a lot of words and you know … she’s very sweet, she loves everybody,” Megan Boswell told WJHL-TV.
Evelyn’s father is currently on active military duty in Louisiana, authorities previously said.
Anybody with information related to Evelyn’s whereabouts is urged to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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