Judge rejects bond reduction for mother jailed in Tennessee toddler death – Crime Online
An East Tennessee judge on Friday denied a bond reduction request from a mother charged in the death of her daughter, who was found dead on the family property after an extensive search in 2020.
Megan ‘Maggie’ Boswell is facing 19 charges related to the death of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, who was initially reported missing in February 2020 – nearly two months after family members last saw the baby girl, as CrimeOnline had previously reported it.
Boswell reportedly told authorities several different stories about the toddler’s whereabouts during the two-week search after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an AMBER Alert – that the baby’s father had her, that the little girl’s grandmother had taken her somewhere, and morals – but Evelyn was eventually found in March in a shed on property owned by Megan Boswell’s father, Tommy Boswell Sr., who said that he was the person who reported his granddaughter missing in February.
Sullivan County Judge Jim Goodwin listened to arguments from defense attorney Brad Sproles and district attorney Barry Staubus on Friday, ultimately deciding against Sproles’ claims that Boswell was not a risk for leaked and that she had been in prison for nearly two years, the WJHL reported. .
The next hearing in the case is set for April 7, when Goodwin will hear arguments regarding a defense request for a change of venue due to the intense publicity of the case. The prosecution has sought a ruling on another option, the Kingsport Times-News reported — pulling jurors from another part of the state and bringing them to Sullivan County for trial.
Goodwin also set May 1 as the deadline for Sproles to notify the court if he intends to use Boswell’s sanity in his defense.
Boswell was charged with two counts of murder; the single counts of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, tampering with evidence, abusing a corpse, and failing to declare a death under suspicious, unusual or contra nature ; and 12 false reporting accounts.
The trial is due to begin on September 26.
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