BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee grand jury has indicted the mother of deceased Sullivan County toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell on multiple charges, including two counts of felony murder.
Megan Boswell was indicted Wednesday on a total of 19 charges related to the child’s disappearance and death, WJHL reported.
The remaining 17 charges include:
• One count of aggravated child abuse
• One count of aggravated child neglect
• One count of tampering with evidence
• One count of abuse of corpse
• One count of failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual, or unnatural circumstances
• 12 counts of false reports
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for 15-month-old Evelyn on Feb. 19, who had not been seen since Dec. 26, 2019.
According to WSOC, authorities searched for the girl for 17 days across three states, before finding her remains on a family member’s property in Blountville, Tennessee in March.
Megan Boswell has been in jail since Feb. 25, when she was arrested on a charge of filing a false report. Authorities said her inaccurate and conflicting statements interfered with their investigation.
According to court documents, Megan Boswell originally told investigators that Evelyn was with the child’s father, Ethan Perry. But Perry is stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and did not have Evelyn, WSOC reported.
Megan Boswell later told authorities that her mother, Angela Boswell, took Evelyn to a campground in nearby Mendota, Virginia. Authorities searched multiple campgrounds in that area and found no sign of the girl, officials said, the TV station reported.
Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said that his detectives, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the district attorney’s office “worked tirelessly” to “determine the circumstances leading to baby Evelyn’s death.”
“As a result of false information given by the defendant along with misinformation circulated in the community, there has been a lot of confusion in the case. I want to be clear when I say that after an extensive and thorough investigation, other individuals were eliminated as suspects, and Megan Boswell became the sole suspect in this case,” Cassidy told WJHL.