Prosecutors seek life in prison for teen mother charged with murder of infant daughter

Posted at 2:15 AM, January 22, 2020 and last updated 6:04 PM, May 18, 2023

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (COURT TV) Updated Jan 22, 2020 — Megan Boswell, charged with the murder of her infant daughter Evelyn, will face life in prison without parole if found guilty of the charges.

At an announcement hearing this morning in Sullivan County, Judge James Goodwin set a status hearing for May 14.  No trial date was set.

Defense and prosecution both told the judge they are still going to examine discovery evidence in the case.

This February 2020 booking photo from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Megan Boswell. The teen mother of a 15-month-old Tennessee girl, who is the subject of an Amber Alert, is being held on a false report charge, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP)

ORIGINAL STORY: August 28, 2020

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee teenager has pleaded not guilty to felony murder and other charges in the death of her 15-month-old daughter, whose disappearance prompted a search across three states.

Megan Boswell, 19, wore a mask as she appeared via video briefly Friday for an arraignment in Sullivan County Criminal Court, news outlets reported. Her attorney has also requested a change of venue for the case.

The remains of Boswell’s daughter, Evelyn Mae Boswell, were found five months ago inside a shed owned by her grandfather.

A family member reported the child missing on Feb. 18 though the child had not been seen since December, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

Boswell initially told state investigators that her daughter was with the child’s father, who is stationed with the Army in Louisiana, but he did not have Evelyn, media reported. Boswell later said her mother took her daughter to a campground in Virginia, but authorities found no sign of the girl there.

A Sullivan County grand jury indicted Boswell last week on two counts of felony murder; one count each of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual or unnatural circumstances; and 12 counts of false reports.

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