Evelyn Boswell

Evelyn Boswell: Teen Mom Accused of Killing Tennessee Tot Wants New Lawyer, Could Delay Murder Trial Significantly

Tennessee murder suspect, Megan Boswell, who’s currently facing charges in connection with her 1-year-old daughter’s death, requested a new attorney at Friday’s court hearing in Sullivan County.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Boswell, is facing 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.

Megan’s daughter, Evelyn Boswell, was found deceased in 2020 and hidden in a play shed on her grandfather’s property. It’s the same shed Boswell played in as a child.

Friday’s court hearing was held to determine if graphic crime scene photos would be allowed during the trial.

According to News Channel 11, Boswell had issues with the photos she has yet to see, as well as witnesses that her new attorney, Brad Sproles, plans to call on during the trial. Sproles, a private attorney, volunteered to represent Boswell after she had conflicts with her previous public defender.

Judge Jim Goodwin, however, indicated that he was ready to agree that the lawyer/client relationship has been “irretrievably broken,” as Boswell suggested.

Boswell’s former public defender, Andrew Gibbons, told News Channell 11 that if the judge ultimately allows Boswell to retain a new lawyer, the murder trial could be significantly delayed.

“A case like this that has gone on for several years, or what seems like several years… they’ve got to learn what all the evidence is, they’ve got to learn who all the different players in the case are,” Gibbons said. “They’re at a serious disadvantage as far as playing catch up.”

Maggie Boswell and Evelyn Boswell [Police Handout]

Crime Scene

Special agent  Brian Fraley with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) found Evelyn’s deceased body in 2020. He testified Friday morning that he found the victim’s body inside a trash can, wrapped in a blanket and aluminum foil.

“It was my belief (the trash can was) placed there recently,” Fraley said. “I observed a leg (with) a foot attached … on top of the trash. It was consistent with an infant of the described age of the missing victim.”

Forensic pathologist Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan testified Friday as well, according to Tennessee Lookout, and explained why the photos would be important for the jury to see.

Mileusnic-Polchan described the position Evelyn was found in and confirmed the child’s death was a homicide and intentional. She added that the child was still alive when placed in the trash bag.

“The disposal of this child was remarkable,” Mileusnic-Polchan said.

“She was sort of compressed in the can … (in an) accordion-like position. There was a severe overextension of her head and neck … an extreme extension. (The blanket) was not just haphazardly placed (around her body). It was tightly wrapped (to) prevent her from breathing … The blanket left imprints on (Evelyn’s skin).”

Boswell’s Alleged Lies

Evelyn was reported missing in February 2020, almost two months after family members had last seen her. While authorities began a search for the child, Boswell allegedly lied to them over and over.

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“Every time we talk to her, her story changes,” Sullivan County Sheriff Jack Cassidy previously said. “I’m serious when I say every single time.”

On February 18, 2020, 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.

Investigators 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 her,” 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 Brian Fraley, authorities found the toddler’s body in the shed of a property in the 500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Sullivan County, in March 2020. The property belongs to Megan Boswell’s father, Tommy Boswell Sr.

Meanwhile, Boswell continues to maintain innocence, reportedly claiming that Evelyn died after she or a boyfriend rolled over on her while sleeping.

“This was not (as Megan Boswell claimed) an accidental asphyxia,” Mileusnic-Polchan said Friday. “The manner of death was a homicide.”

In response to Boswell’s claims of accidental suffocation, Mileusnic-Polchan said the child was “too big for that,” adding that, “this was not a child dying in her sleep.”

The judge decided to allow some of the graphic photos to be shown during the trial, which is scheduled to begin in February 2023.

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[Feature Photos via TBI]