A search for drugs and stolen property lead to authorities discovering the body of a newborn encased in a tub of concrete.The tub was found in a couple's garage in Cass County. The mother is in the hospitalMore >
A search for drugs and stolen property led to authorities discovering the body of a newborn encased in a tub of concrete.More >
CASS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -
A couple is facing murder charges after a baby's body was found encased in concrete in November.
Authorities say the couple's meth use killed their baby and endangered the welfare of their other children.
On Tuesday authorities said they were still looking for the man and woman. Thursday morning they said Matthew Scroggs turned himself in and Krystal Scroggs did the same later in the day.
Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley announced charges against the couple.
Matthew Scroggs was charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Krystal Scroggs was charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of child, one count of abandoning a corpse and four counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
According to court documents, both admitted to using meth. Krystal Scroggs admitted to using meth and marijuana throughout her pregnancy.
Matthew Scroggs said he knew she was using during the pregnancy and that he was as well, prosecutors said.
The results of the hair samples for the four children came back on Nov. 27. They revealed their four children all had meth in their system, according to court documents. The baby's remains also tested positive for methamphetamine.
Police received a tip about the baby before they went to Scroggs' home near Cline and Broadway streets in Pleasant Hill, MO, on Nov. 4, 2013, to investigate reports of drugs and a stolen car. While searching the home, authorities found a plastic bucket full of hardened concrete sitting on the floor of the garage. Court documents said the concrete appeared to be freshly poured.
A probable cause statement says Matthew Scroggs told investigators that his wife miscarried at five months and he helped her deliver their stillborn male child on Oct. 7, which he then put into the bucket and filled with concrete.
The Cass County prosecutor said the baby died because of neglect and drug abuse.
"The fact that it had meth in its system, as you will see from the endangering charge, they failed to get medical care for that child when the infant was born. It was under that failing to get medical care for a child that they know or had reason to believe there was methamphetamine in its system is what the murder charge is based on," Hensley said.
The couple's other young children were placed in the care of a relative.
As of Thursday evening authorities had both Matthew and Krystal Scroggs in custody.
Matthew Scroggs was previously charged on Nov. 20 with abandonment of a corpse and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
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