Megan Boswell, the mother of deceased Tennessee toddler, Evelyn Boswell, claimed her innocence during a Friday morning arraignment.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Boswell has been charged with 19 offenses, including felony murder. She’s also been charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, failure to report a death, and 12 counts of making false reports.
Boswell pleaded not guilty to the charges as her lawyer, Brad Sproles, filed for a change of venue.
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According to Sullivan County Sheriff Jack Cassidy, 1-year-old Evenly was reported missing in February, almost two months after family members had last seen her. While authorities began a desperate search for the child, Boswell allegedly lied to authorities numerous times regarding the child’s whereabouts.
“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Cassidy previously said. “I’m serious when I say every single time.”
On February 18, the day authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Evelyn, Boswell reportedly told a DCF worker that Evelyn’s father, Ethan Perry, had the child and she planned to pick her up.
Authorities said that Perry, who is stationed in Louisiana and actively serving in the military, did not have the baby.
Boswell later told Channel News 11 that her mother took the baby to someone in a silver camper in 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 herm” Boswell previously 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.
According to TBI special agent Brian Fraley, authorities eventually found the toddler’s body on property off of the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Sullivan County, in March. The property belongs to Megan Boswell’s father, Tommy Boswell Sr.
Boswell Sr., who has not been named a suspect in the case, said that he was the one that alerted officials in February that he had not seen Evelyn since December.
Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy previously said that after an extensive investigation, Boswell is the sole suspect in her daughter’s death.
“I want to be clear when I say that after an extensive and thorough investigation, other individuals were eliminated as suspects and Megan Boswell became the sole suspect in this case.”
Boswell is currently being held on a $1 million bond. Her next court hearing is scheduled for December 3.
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[Feature Photo: Evelyn Boswell/Handout]