Charges filed in case of baby found encased in concrete in Pleasant Hill home

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. - Charges have been filed in the case of a baby found encased in a tub of concrete in a Pleasant Hill home.

Matthew S. Scroggs, 28, is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering in the first degree.

On Nov. 4, police were called to his house on S. Cline Street on reports of illegal drug activity and a stolen vehicle.

It was also reported that a woman in the home had recently been pregnant and her baby was dead. The report said that Scroggs had disposed of the body, according to the probable cause statement.

When police arrived, they found a white Mercury Grand Marquis in the driveway that was reported stolen from Kansas City. Scroggs was taken into custody at that time.  When asked about the illegal drug activity, Scroggs told police where they could find paraphernalia and consented to a search of the home, according to the statement.

That was when officers found a blue bucket in the detached garage, along with illegal drug paraphernalia and marijuana. Authorities said the concrete appeared to be freshly poured, and three empty bags of cement mix were found nearby.

Going off the report that the woman in the home had recently been pregnant and the body of the child had been disposed of, police confronted Scoggs about the bucket.

Court documents said Scroggs initially denied the woman was pregnant, but later told police she had miscarried at five months, and he had helped her deliver the stillborn male infant.  He told authorities he put the body in the bucket and filled it with concrete the following day.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner conducted the autopsy. The investigation is ongoing, pending the results.

Four children were living in the home at the time, but are now with their grandmother.

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