Crime

May 30, 2014

Warrensburg woman accused of abandoning newborn son is now charged with his murder

A Johnson County, Mo., grand jury indicted Latasha Monique Wilson on charges of second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse. Two biology students found the infant’s body March 4 in a pile of burned trash inside a research cave near the University of Central Missouri.

A 19-year-old Warrensburg woman previously accused of abandoning the corpse of her newborn son in a cave now faces additional charges in the infant’s death.

A Johnson County, Mo., grand jury indicted Latasha Monique Wilson on Friday on charges of second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse.

Two biology students found the infant’s body March 4 in a pile of burned trash inside a research cave near the University of Central Missouri. They said a lock on a gate at the cave had been broken and a pile of trash had burned inside, according to authorities.

Authorities allege that Wilson gave birth in the toilet of her employer’s restroom on or about Jan. 29. The baby was born alive and had taken a breath, they said. They allege that Wilson spent the next three hours in the bathroom, where she eventually wrapped the 18-inch-long baby in paper towels, carried him out and placed him in her locker.

Between Jan. 29 and March 4, Wilson disposed of the body at Pertle Springs, a recreation park just south of the UCM campus, without notifying Warrensburg police or campus public safety authorities, Johnson County Prosecutor Lynn Stoppy said in a news release Friday.

Zakary Carter, 20, also of Warrensburg, previously was charged in the case with tampering with physical evidence.

Wilson is being held on $250,000 bond. No court dates have been scheduled.

Investigators had sought the public’s help in locating a woman with suspicious circumstances about a nearly full-term pregnancy. The campus and Warrensburg police said information they received from that request led to the arrests.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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