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A preliminary autopsy revealed that the child, whose body was found wrapped in rubbish bags in a Mississippi basement last week died of “multiple blunt force trauma as a result of the strike,” officials announced Tuesday.
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The police have charged a 35-year-old Celeste Louise Smith, of Meridian, with the amount of capital murder and two counts of child neglect after police say she led them to a house basement where they have what could be the remains of a 5-year-old child who went missing for months.
“Meridian police chief Benny Dubose said one of the women told police last week that her 5-year-old son with special needs, Jakie Toole, had been missing since the end of April. The child is non-verbal, and had difficulty walking, according to the Clarion Ledger.
Celeste Louise Smith, 35, was charged with capital murder and two counts of neglect.
An autopsy performed Friday at the state crime lab in Pearl, Miss., found the badly decomposed body, a broken rib, on the one hand, and a broken rib on the other, Dubose said. The identity of the remains has not yet been officially confirmed, just waiting on the results of the DNA tests, the newspaper reported.
Dubose said the officers interviewed Smith, a friend of the family who have taken care of the boy, and one of his brothers and sisters. Smith led the officers to make a wooded area and then into the house where the remains were found in garbage bags close to stuck, according to police.
Investigators said Smith told them the child was severely burned as they prayed for him, and they began to beat him when he wouldn’t stop crying. The body was too decomposed to reveal any signs of burns, Dubose told the Clarion Ledger. The official report will be presented to the Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler on Tuesday had burns on the body.
The Mississippi Department of child protection, said it received an anonymous tip Sept. 6 in terms of Toole. If the agency is unable to find one with a 5-year-old, they contacted law enforcement, Leah Anne, Tony, MDCPS’ director of communications, told the Clarion Ledger. It was unclear if Toole’s mother had been the last contact with her young son. Some reports said she last saw the son, in the month of April, when they let Toole out at the Smith’s house, the spirit in him. She did not report her son missing until last week.
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Meridian Municipal court Judge Robbie Jones, said Smith, is to be stopped and with the co-operation with the authorities, and the failure to provide the details of the case. Smith was jailed at the Lauderdale County Detention Center without bond.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.