A grand jury in East Tennessee has indicted Megan Boswell, mother of deceased toddler Evelyn Boswell, on 19 counts, including two counts of felony murder, WJHL reports.
Boswell, 19, has also been charged with single counts of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual, or unnatural circumstances, and 12 counts of making false reports.
Fifteen-month-old Evelyn was reported missing in February, and her remains were found on property belonging to her grandfather off the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Sullivan County in March, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus made the announcement in Blountville, saying that Boswell’s bond is set at $1 million. She will appear in Sullivan County Criminal Court on August 28.
The hunt for Evelyn involved various members of the Boswell family, several arrests on unrelated charges, and what authorities said were multiple false statements. From the beginning, officials said, Megan Boswell gave numerous inconsistencies about her daughter’s whereabouts, after the little girl was reported missing by a family member on February 18.
At first, Megan told investigators her daughter was with her mother, Angela Boswell. Detectives found Angela Boswell and her boyfriend, William McCloud, in North Carolina, but they did not have Evelyn. They were, however, in a car that had been reported stolen. Next, Megan said the girl was with her biological father, but investigators again found that she had lied. Another time, she said the girl was with someone in a camper in Virginia, which also wasn’t true.
“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Sullivan County Sheriff Jack Cassidy said. “I’m serious when I say every single time.”
Angela Boswell and McCloud were arrested on several charges, none of them related to the disappearance of Evelyn. In fact, Angela Boswell eventually told detectives she hadn’t seen the girl since September, while her ex-husband, Tommy Boswell Sr, said he last saw her in December.
Detectives began to believe that Megan Boswell was lying to stall the investigation. Then, on March 6, investigators found the remains of a little girl in an outbuilding on Boswell Sr’s property, and days later, they were confirmed to be Evelyn’s.
Megan Boswell had previously been indicted on 11 counts of making false statements and has been in jail since February.
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See all CrimeOnline’s reporting on the Evelyn Boswell case here.
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