A Tennessee judge says there will be no lowered bond for a mother accused of making false statements about her missing daughter’s whereabouts.
Knox News reports that Sullivan County General Sessions Court Judge Klyne Lauderback refused to lower the bond amount for 18-year-old Megan “Maggie” Boswell, who’s behind bars facing false statement charges.
Boswell told the judge that she has no income before smiling at the people in the courtroom, the outlet reports. Lauderback set her bond at $25,000.
Defense attorney Brad Sproles waived Boswell’s preliminary hearing. The case is being sent to a grand jury.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Boswell’s daughter, 1-year-old Evelyn Boswell, on February 18. Authorities said Evelyn was last seen around December 11, but no one reported the child missing for nearly two months.
Boswell told News Channel 11 that her mother, Angela Boswell, took the child. Maggie Boswell claimed that her mother was babysitting Evelyn, then later took the baby to “a person” at a silver camper in Mendota, Virginia.
“I told TBI where to find her in Mendota. 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,” Maggie Boswell said.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Andy Seabolt responded to Boswell’s claim. According to the Tennessean, Seabolt said Boswell’s camper claim was “investigated completely.” Authorities did not find Evelyn.
“The claim that Megan made stating that Evelyn was in a camper in Mendota was investigated completely,” Seabolt said.
“The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office along with the United States Marshals checked every campground in Mendota and nothing was found. Megan’s story has changed multiple times throughout this investigation.”
Maggie Boswell later told News 5 that she didn’t want to report Evelyn missing because she was afraid the babysitters would run away with her. At the time, Boswell declined to name the babysitters. She later said she was referring to her mother.
“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Sheriff Jeff Cassidy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department said. “I’m serious when I say every single time.”
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.
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: Megan & Evelyn Boswell/Police Handout]