Baby discovered encased in concrete in Pleasant Hill, Mo., home
Police told FOX 4â˛s Macradee Aegerter they responded to the home in the 300 block of Cline St., on reports of a stolen automobile. When they arrive, they asked the man if they could search the home and police said they received the residentâs permission.
During the search, police say they noticed a plastic tote filled with concrete. They then discovered the body of a baby inside.
âDuring the course of that investigation, it led us not only to the stolen auto and to some minor drug paraphernalia and drugs, but it also led us to a capsule that we believed contained a body of an infant that had possibly been born sometime in the first part of October,â explained Chief Robert Driscoll, Pleasant Hill Police.
The couple who live in the home has four children, according to police. The children are now with their grandparents in the small town of Prairie Home, Mo., about two hours east of Pleasant Hill. FOX 4â˛s Robert Townsend took the trip there and inquired of the grandparents about the situation.
âYeah, we are the grandparents, but we have the other children who are here and thereâs no need to sensationalize this. We have no comment, â the grandmother told FOX 4.
The grandfather ordered FOX 4 to leave.
âWeâre done with you,â he said. âLeave or Iâll make you leave.â
Neighbors who lived near the Pleasant Hill home said the mother denied being pregnant.
âHe [her husband] denied with her,â Kurt Brent, neighbor, said. âHe said she wasnât.â
Police tell FOX 4 that the mother of the children is in the hospital. Neighbors say she has been there for a few weeks.
âItâs puzzling. I still donât know what to think about it. Itâs crazy,â said neighbor Kurt Brent. âThereâs obvious some sadness, but yet anger takes over because how could somebody do that to an innocent child?â Brent asked during our interview.
Police held the father for questioning Tuesday afternoon but charges have not yet been filed.
It was unclear if the child was stillborn or died after birth. An autopsy was underway to determine the childâs cause of death. Police did not yet know if any crime had been committed and did not know which, if any, charges would be filed by the Cass County Prosecutorâs office.