Two of the 19 charges handed down yesterday against 18-year-old Megan Boswell include two counts of felony murder. The two charges account for the uncertainty as to whether 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell's death was caused by an act of child abuse or neglect.
"As we struggle to understand why or even how someone would even harm an innocent child, we will never know because thank God most of us are not wired that way, but we can certainly try our best to make sure those responsible for these incomprehensible acts are held accountable. Today's indictment is the first step in ensuring that happens," People quoted Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch as saying during a press conference discussing the indictment.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that Boswell has been held since February 25th in the Sullivan County Jail on charges of a False Report. Her bond was set at $1 million.
Despite not seeing the girl since some time in December, Boswell's father, Tommy Boswell Sr., did not report Evelyn missing until February 19th.
After receiving a number of false claims from Boswell, including that Evelyn was with her father, or had been taken by her mother to a camp ground in Virginia, investigators returned to the Boswell residence armed with a search warrant after determining her claims had been false.
On March 6th investigators announced that they had recovered Evelyn's body from a shed.
In addition to the two charges of murder, Boswell faces one count of aggravated child abuse, one count of aggravated child neglect, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of abuse of corpse and one count of failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual, or unnatural circumstances, and 12 counts of false reporting.
Boswell is scheduled to appear in court on August 28th for a hearing.