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A man whose girlfriend went missing after an argument two years ago is now in prison and charged with kidnapping and killing the mother of his newborn child.
Tyler Wilkins, 21, is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Clarrissa Winchester, 22, as well as child neglect in the death of their newborn son, according to Greenville, South Carolina Fox affiliate WHNS and jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com.
Winchester was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to Greenville NBC affiliate WYFF, and Greenville County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to a home on Saw Mill Road in Marietta — about 15 miles northwest of the city of Greenville. There, they found Winchester's brutalized body and the body of her newborn son, WYFF and WHNS reported.
In arrest warrants reviewed by WHNS, investigators allege that Wilkins confined Winchester to a relative's home and assaulted her, causing the blunt force trauma to her head and neck that killed her. He then allegedly failed to seek medical assistance for the baby after it was born.
The coroner says the baby's cause of death remains under investigation, according to WYFF. Wilkins was the boy's father.
He was arrested on Wednesday and, in a Thursday court hearing, denied bond on all three charges.
At the time of his arrest, Wilkins had a number of pending criminal charges, according to court records reviewed by Oxygen.com.
He was arrested in October 2021 and charged with drug manufacturing/possession and receiving stolen goods and granted bond. He was then arrested on Dec. 8 for two counts of assault/attempted murder, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, pointing a weapon at a person, threatening the life of an official, throwing bodily fluids at a police officer and resisting arrest. He was granted bond with a firearm restriction in January.
He was then arrested in June for pointing a weapon at someone again.
Winchester's father appeared in court to argue against granting Wilkins bail, according to WYFF.
"If you give this boy the opportunity to see daylight again, we already know that not only is he capable, but statistically he is most likely to commit this crime again," Michael Winchester told the court.
Wilkins allegedly had a history of being abusive before his relationship with Winchester, according to Fox News.
According to Mary Tucker, Wilkins had been dating her then-19-year-old stepdaughter Jorden Nebling in 2020, when Nebling disappeared.
According to the Greenville County Sheriff, Nebling was last heard from on Oct. 10, 2020. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Nebling's sister, with whom she was close, didn't hear from her for several weeks, Tucker told Fox News in October, but the girls' biological mom thought Nebling had just run off and didn't report her missing. Tucker filed the report on Nov. 8, 2020.
She says that the last person to see her stepdaughter alive was her then-boyfriend, Wilkins.
Wilkins reportedly told investigators that he'd picked up Nebling in Traveler's Rest, where he was living at the time, after a car she had borrowed broke down. He claimed the two got in a fight at his place and she left, after which no one saw her again.
"In my heart, I think he did something to her," Tucker told Fox. "He had a history of being abusive."
"And police have searched his property," she claimed. "I know that they dug up a concrete pad in the driveway that he had recently put down close to when she went missing. And I know that the police focused a lot on talking to him."
Wilkins hasn't been charged with anything related to Nebling's disappearance, and she's never been found.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office did not respond to Oxygen.com's request for comment in either the Winchester or Nebling case.
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