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Second Person Charged in Death of Khighla Parks

WARSAW, Mo. – A second person has been arrested and charged in relation to the death of Khighla Parks on Sept. 21, 2012.
WARSAW, Mo. – A second person has been arrested and charged in relation to the death of Khighla Parks on Sept. 21, 2012.

According to court documents, Amy Leigh Hartley, 37, of Buffalo, Mo. is charged with participating in a sexual act with 15-year-old Khighla, who died during that act.

Investigators believe Khighla was with Hartley and Anthony Balbirnie at Hartley’s home at 810 Locust Street in Buffalo when she died.

Balbirnie is charged with second-degree murder, statutory rape, child molestation, child endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, and abandonment of a corpse.

According to previous reports, Balbirnie took Khighla’s body to Truman Lake and weighted it down, where a boater found it on Sept. 30, 2012.

The charges were filed against Hartley on Oct. 17, according to online court files, but the charging statement was not made public until Oct. 28.

Hartley is charged with second-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree child endangerment, keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, and abandonment of a corpse.

The charge of maintaining or keeping a public nuisance pertains to Hartley occupying an inhabitable structure located at 810 Locust in Buffalo, Mo, and “knowingly inviting other persons to engage in the manufacture and use of methamphetamine.”

The charge of tampering with physical evidence comes after Hartley allegedly washed bedding “with the purpose to impair its availability in the official investigation of the death” of Khighla.

Hartley faces up to 29 years in prison if convicted of each charge. Her bond is set at $75,000.

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