Police find baby encased in bucket filled with concrete

Cass County Democrat MissourianNovember 5, 2013 

Pleasant Hill Police have found the body of a baby encased in a bucket filled with concrete inside of a home in the 300 block of S. Cline Street.


Law enforcement responded to the home at about 6 p.m. Nov. 4 on a report of a stolen vehicle and narcotic activity.


“During the development of those investigations, we learned of a tub that was full of concrete and the possibility that there may have been a baby that had passed away or not born alive a month ago,” Police Chief Robert Driscoll said.


Driscoll said the investigation led to police asking a father at the home if they could search the home and he consented.


While inside the home, police found a plastic feed bucket filled with concrete and discovered a deceased body of a baby inside.


Driscoll said investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy being performed by the Jackson County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.


Police were not able to determine if the child was born stillborn or died after birth.


“We’re waiting on that in the report,” he said.


The investigation is ongoing, Driscoll said, as they work with the medical examiner and the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.


The father was taken into questioning Tuesday afternoon but has since been released.


Police said the mother of the home has been in the hospital for several weeks.


Driscoll said he believes there were four children living in the home and they are now staying with grandparents. He also said the family has been working cooperatively with investigators.


As of Tuesday evening, no charges have been filed.



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