The maternal grandmother of a missing Tennessee toddler says she’s ready to “get this situation resolved,” as the search for the child continues.
Angela Boswell along with her boyfriend, William McCloud, appeared in a North Carolina court Monday and agreed to extradition back to Tennessee. Police arrested the pair last week inside a grey BMW in Traphill, North Carolina.
The BMW had been a focal point in the investigation of missing 1-year-old, Evelyn Boswell, who has not been seen since December 11.
According to police, the theft charge is not in connection with Evelyn’s disappearance. However, authorities released information about the car after issuing an AMBER Alert on February 18, and said Boswell and McCloud may have information about the child’s whereabouts.
No one reported the child missing for two months, Sullivan County authorities said.
During court on Monday, Boswell claimed that she didn’t have Evelyn, but wanted to return home to help resolve the issue.
“I’d like to get back there and get this situation with my granddaughter resolved,” she told Wilkes County District Court Judge David Byrd.
McCloud, who also appeared in court Monday, claimed that he, along with Boswell, had no idea that the BMW had been reported stolen, News 5 reports.
Officials with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office previously indicated that Evelyn’s mother, Megan “Maggie” Boswell, planned to purchase the BMW for her mother, yet never signed the paperwork and never paid the car owner any money for it. The owner subsequently reported the vehicle as stolen.
Angel Boswell claimed that the car was a gift from Maggie Boswell, according to Knox News.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued the AMBER Alert for Evelyn two months after “certain family members” had last seen the baby.
Authorities initially said family members last saw the infant around Christmas 2019, but during a Friday afternoon press conference, Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said the last known sighting of Evelyn was with babysitters around December 11, 2019.
Also on Friday, the child’s mother, Megan “Maggie” Boswell told News 5 that she knew who had her daughter but could not release their names due to an ongoing investigation. She added that people who were supposed to be babysitting Evelyn are the ones responsible.
News 5: “Can you tell me why she was with them if you were worried about this?”
Boswell: “They were watching her for me while I went to work.”
News 5: “So it was like a babysitting type childcare situation?”
News 5: “But you thought they might run with her?”
Boswell: “No, until they took her, no.”
Sheriff Cassidy said that Maggie Boswell has given a number of conflicting stories in connection with Evelyn’s disappearance.
“During our interviews, her stories aren’t leading up to stuff that we went out and checked on,” Cassidy said. “Video surveillance, eyewitness testimony…a lot of her information hadn’t been accurate.”
Cassidy didn’t specify what Boswell told authorities, but he said that her information “led us in so many directions and I don’t want to confuse the public.”Authorities said Maggie Boswell and the baby’s father, Evan Perry, both said they have not seen the baby in two months.
Perry, who’s in the military, is currently stationed in Louisiana. He posted on Facebook earlier this week that although he is helping police with the investigation, there is nothing more he can say at this time.
Maggie Boswell’s father, Tommy Boswell Sr., told News Channel 11 that he hasn’t seen Evelyn since Thanksgiving, 2019. He added that he was the one who made a report to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, which eventually prompted authorities to issue an AMBER Alert.
Boswell Jr. also said Angela Boswell threatened him after he told her he planned to report the baby missing, allegedly warning him that he would “regret this.”
“I don’t know what happened, but I’m the one who called DCS and got this started…I ain’t slept nights, I’ve cried like a baby. I just want my grandbaby to come home,” Boswell Sr. said.
The toddler’s disappearance remains shrouded in mystery, as authorities indicated that Evelyn “could be anywhere.”
“Right now we’re not sure of her exact location. It could be anywhere from what we know. We’re conducting the investigation, and obviously we’ve been talking to as many people as we’ve come in contact with that knew about the child,” Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office PIO Captain Andy Seabolt told NBC 5 earlier this week.
“We have several others we will be speaking with as well, and we’ve also been receiving some leads we’ve been following up on… We want to know why the child was not reported missing earlier.”
Evelyn is described as a white female with blue eyes and blonde hair. She weighs around 28 pounds and stands 2-feet tall. She was last seen wearing pink shoes, a pink tracksuit, and a pink bow.
Meanwhile, a reward for information that leads to Evelyn’s safe return has amassed to $56,000, according to Sullivan County authorities.
Anyone with information on Evelyn is urged to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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[Feature Photo: Evelyn Boswell/TBI]