Mother Charged with Manslaughter, Child Abuse After Death of Infant

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CRANE, Mo. — Sheriff’s detectives and police officers found a 9-month-old child unresponsive in the morning on Sept. 12 in Crane, Missouri. Efforts to save the child weren’t successful.

On Sept. 16, the prosecutor charged the mother with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and abuse or neglect involving a child, according to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

During the autopsy, investigators found the infant had injuries consistent with child abuse, according to the news release.

The mother, 18-year-old Dakota Moore, of Crane, allegedly told the sheriff’s department during an interview she kicked the child. Officials then took her into custody.

Moore is being held in the Stone County Jail without bond.

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