Okla. Officials Continue Search for Infant's Body
By JEANNIE NUSS and JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS / Associated Press
TULSA, Okla. November 5, 2011 (AP)
Investigators plan to scour a vast patch of land in rural eastern Oklahoma this weekend in search of the body of a baby born to a young girl whose parents were arrested on child abuse charges.
The girl told authorities her father helped her deliver the child at home, told her it was dead and buried it behind a goat pen. Goats and cows mulled about the property Friday while officials used a backhoe to dig for answers.
The girl's parents, who were taken into custody Tuesday in a grocery store parking lot near Mena, Ark., were arrested on multiple charges of child abuse and endangerment. An application for exhumation of a body filed by Smith's office alleges that one of the nine siblings taken into emergency custody by the state because of "extreme physical and educational neglect" told investigators she and her younger sibling had been sexually abused by their father.
Court documents from Kansas show that the father arrested this week was charged with aggravated incest nearly two decades ago. In the 1993 court filing, Montgomery County prosecutors charged that the man "willfully, wrongfully, unlawfully and feloniously engage(d) in an unlawful sex act" with his 8-year-old daughter. The girl's mother, who divorced the man and is not the woman arrested this week, is listed on the court filing as a witness.
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CHOMP COMMENT: Why was a sexually abusive father given custody of the children in the divorce? What court, what judge would give custody to the abusive parent?