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February 20, 2014

Both parents of baby found in concrete now in custody

Matthew Scroggs, 28, of Pleasant Hill was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and child endangerment, along with his wife, Krystal Scroggs, 29.

The Pleasant Hill mother and father of the baby found encased in a bucket of concrete have been taken into custody, Cass County authorities said Thursday.

Matthew Scroggs, 28, and Krystal Scroggs, 29, were charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and child endangerment.

Matthew Scroggs was arrested Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Krystal Scroggs was arrested later in the day by Pleasant Hill police at a location in Johnson County, Mo. Other details were not immediately available.

The two also were charged with child endangerment for their other four children after samples of the children’s hair tested positive for methamphetamine. Those children — ages 11, 6, 4 and 3 — are in state custody.

The charges came three months after authorities, responding to a tip, found the remains of a newborn baby encased in the bucket during a search of a detached garage at the Scroggs’ residence in the 300 block of Cline Street. An autopsy indicated the baby died of methamphetamine intoxication caused by his mother’s drug use during pregnancy.

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