Woman arrested in case of dead infant found in duffel bag floating in Missouri pond

UPDATE: Mom charged in MO dead infant case

HIGBEE, Missouri - A Missouri woman has been arrested following the discovery of an infant's body inside a duffel bag floating in a small pond.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said somebody called police around 4:15 p.m. Sunday when they found the duffel bag floating in a small pond about two miles west of Higbee, Missouri on Route H.

The baby's cause of death was not immediately clear, officials said. The child's race and sex were not released.

The body was taken to the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy was scheduled for Monday. Results of an autopsy had not been announced late Monday afternoon. However, officials said based on the condition of the body, it appears the baby died in the past few days

The investigation led Monday to the arrest of a 25-year-old woman from Moberly. That's about nine miles from the small town of Higbee, where the baby's body was found.

The woman's name was being withheld while charges were pending.

The Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting Randolph County in the investigation.
 

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