Update: Infant found dead in trunk during drug raid
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 04:39:41 GMT —
Update, Wednesday 5:15 p.m.:
New details in the St. Elizabeth drug raid where Miller County authorities found a dead newborn inside the trunk of a car.
We have confirmed with Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott that the bonds of four of the six people arrested were decreased Wednesday in court.
Bond was orignally set at $500,000.
Now, Emily Usnick and Belinda Voiles are being held on $100,000 cash bond.
Bond for Candice Burns and Victoria Stark was set at $35,000.
Sheriff Abbott tells KRCG Victoria Stark has already bonded out as of Wednesday evening.
John Pawelczak and Daniel Tellman are still being held in the Miller County Jail on $500,000 bond.
All are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
All six were arrested after Miller County deputies found a meth lab in the house at 740 Main Street in St. Elizabeth.
Tellman owns the home and the other five were renting rooms from him.
A dead newborn girl was also found at the house, inside a plastic storage container in the trunk of a car.
Sheriff Abbott tells KRCG no one has been charged in relation to the discovery of the baby and that there are no new details he can release at this time.
Update, Friday 11:35 a.m.:
A sixth person is under arrest in connection with the investgation of a Miller County meth lab and the discovery of a dead infant.
Police Thursday arrested 59 year-old Daniel Tellman Sr. He owns the home where the dead infant was found. He's charged with producing and distributing meth. Court documents we obtained reveal that an informant tipped police off about the meth at the house. The informant said there were two children living in the home and he feared for their safety.
With a search warrent in hand, Miller County deputies discovered a meth lab under the kitchen sink. They say the found a number of chemicals, including ether, lithium battery casings, and sulfuric acid, as well as the equipment needed to cook the drug. They say they found meth in almost every bedroom.
KRCG's Mallory McGowin was in St. Elizabeth Thursday. Neighbors tell her they did not know the people living at Tellman's house, and they say that's unusual for a small town of just over 300. Many St. Elizabeth residents were nervous to talk to Mallory on camera because they fear there may be other members of this drug ring who are not currently in custody.
Folks who frequent the Mertens Mini-Mart just up the road from the house tell Mallory they saw this group of people at the station often and never remember any of the women being pregnant.
Update, Thursday at 3:49 p.m. : New details are emerging about the infant found inside of a storage container in Miller County.The Boone County Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy Thursday morning and says that no cause of death was determined. But we were told that the infant is a girl.Also, Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says that there was no visible signs of abuse on the infant. Abbott also said that it doesn't appear that the infant lived past being a day old.KRCG has also confirmed with Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard that no one has been charged so far with wrong doing in the death of the infant.
KRCG News is following a developing story out of Miller County.Authorities there say an infant has been found dead in the trunk of a car.The discovery happened during a drug bust in the small town of St. Elizabeth.Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says they suspected people at a house located at 740 Main Street were making methamphetamine.The sheriff TMs department along with the Mid-Missouri Drug Taskforce served a search warrant at the residence.While looking in the garage they found a plastic storage container inside the trunk of the car.Sheriff Abbott says when they opened the storage container they found the body of a "very young infant".After the body was found, the sheriff says they immediately closed-off the area with crime tape and called the Highway Patrol TMs Drug and Crime Control Division for help.The body was taken to University Hospital in Columbia. An autopsy is scheduled for sometime Thursday.Sheriff Abbott said that he could not release any details about the sex of the infant or how long he or she appeared to have been dead.Abbott hopes the autopsy will reveal how the infant died.No one has been charged in the death but KRCG has learned that Sheriff Abbott and Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard have met to discuss the infant TMs death.Abbott says he expects to make an arrest soon.Deputies did arrest five people during the drug bust, all are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.They are Emily Usnick, Candice Burns, Victoria Stark, Belinda Voiles and John Pawelczak.The sheriff says all five live at the home where the infant's body was found.Each is being held on a $500,000 bond.