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Dead Children in Texas Identified

April 23, 1999

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) _ Two toddlers whose slain bodies were found earlier in a quiet creek bed were identified Thursday, and a search was underway for their mother.

Williamson County sheriff’s investigators said all three were recognized by workers at an Austin day care center who called police after seeing sketches of the children on police fliers.

The workers said Dominick Logan Cornelius, 2, and Amanda Lee Miller, 3 had been brought to the center by their mother, 23-year-old Tina Marie Cornelius, on April 14.

``She may be in danger, but we don’t know,″ Capt. Linda Bunte, a Williamson County sheriff’s detective, said.

The identities had eluded investigators since the children’s bodies were found Monday by a couple walking along the creek bed near Hutto, 20 miles north of Austin.

Officials have said the children died less than a day before being discovered. Autopsies revealed the boy suffered a fatal skull fracture and the girl was suffocated.

Relatives have told detectives they had not seen Ms. Cornelius, who works at a strip club, or her children for roughly four days before the bodies were found. Bunte said police do not consider her a suspect in her children’s deaths.

Dancers at a south Austin strip club where Ms. Cornelius worked said she had been employed there for about three weeks. A dancer said Ms. Cornelius had said she planned to leave her children with friends while she went out of town.

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