Nearly five months after the body of a missing Sullivan County toddler was found in her grandfather’s shed, authorities still haven’t sought charges in the death.
The body of 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell was discovered inside a shed owned by grandfather Tommy Boswell Sr., on March 6 – just a few weeks after he reported her missing.
In the months since, the child’s teenaged mother, Megan Boswell, has been locked up on charges she lied about her daughter’s whereabouts and records about her daughter’s death have been kept under seal.
Authorities haven’t disclosed how, when, under what circumstances and in whose custody the toddler died.
Megan Boswell’s attorney, Brad Sproles, has been pushing Sullivan County Criminal Court Judge James Goodwin to lower the $150,000 bond that is keeping her behind bars on 11 counts of filing a false report. So far, Goodwin has refused.
At a brief hearing in Sullivan County Criminal Court Friday, Sproles noted Megan Boswell has already served five months in the false report case and — if tried and convicted now — likely would qualify for probation.
Filing a false report is a low-level felony with a penalty range of two to four years, only a third of which must be served behind bars. Because Megan Boswell has no criminal history, she would likely receive the minimum two-year sentence if convicted and is presumed under the law to be eligible for probation.
Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus did not directly address the issue of Megan Boswell’s bond in the false report case at Friday’s hearing. He signaled, though, that the investigation into her daughter’s death may soon be ripe for grand jury consideration.
Without complaint from Sproles, Goodwin left Megan Boswell’s bond intact and postponed her hearing in the false report case until Aug. 28.
Megan Boswell is accused of leading law enforcers on a wild goose chase of suspects in daughter Evelyn’s disappearance.
Evelyn was first reported missing by paternal grandfather Tommy Boswell Sr. in mid-February. He claimed he hadn’t seen the child since early December. He has since denied any knowledge of or role in her death.
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A Knox News investigation shows Megan Boswell was living in her father’s home with Evelyn in the months before she turned up missing. The shed in which the child’s remains were discovered belongs to Tommy Boswell Sr. and is used by him to store vehicles and equipment.
After he reported the child missing, detectives with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office confronted Megan Boswell.
In a series of interviews with authorities, including the FBI, Megan Boswell is accused of falsely implicating the child’s father, Ethan Perry, in the disappearance.
When authorities debunked the claim — Perry was stationed at a military base in Louisiana at the time — she then began accusing her mother, Angela Boswell, of hiding the child from her and holding her as ransom over a debt, according to the indictment.
Search warrants in the case — which could shed light on who authorities suspect killed the child — remain under seal, and authorities have revealed few details, including how Evelyn died, when and under what circumstances.
Angela Boswell was behind bars when Evelyn was born and has continued to rack up charges for thievery and drug possession since her granddaughter went missing. She’s denied any role in the child’s disappearance or death.
Both she and her ex-husband have a history of violence against each other. Tommy Boswell Jr., who also lives on the family compound where Evelyn’s body was discovered, helped his father carry out a violent attack on one of his mother’s paramours in 2012, court records show.
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