Charges upgraded to murder in 2017 death of Missouri boy
CRANE, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have upgraded charges against a southwest Missouri woman whose baby died last September.
Stone County authorities say 18-year-old Dakota Moore, of Crane, is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and neglect in the death of her 9-month-old son.
KYTV reports Crane was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter after the baby died. The charges were upgraded after a medical examiner reviewed the autopsy reports and other evidence and determined that the boy died from suffocation and was a homicide.
Prosecutors say the evidence indicated the child also suffered abuse.
Investigators say Moore initially admitted she kicked her son in the head but said she didn’t mean to kill him.
Information from: KYTV-TV, http://www.ky3.com