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Two charged in case of infant found dead in cave near Missouri campus

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, March 7, 2014, at 6:46 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.

Two people were charged Friday in the case of an infant whose body was found in a pile of burned trash inside a cave near the University of Central Missouri.

Latasha Wilson, 19, of Warrensburg, was charged with abandonment of a corpse. Zakary Carter, 20, also of Warrensburg, was charged with tampering with physical evidence. Both are Class D felonies.

The Johnson County, Mo., prosecuting attorney’s office said additional charges could be filed, depending on the results of an autopsy and further investigation.

Two biology students found the infant’s body Tuesday in a research cave at Pertle Springs, a public recreation area owned by the university. It is south of the Warrensburg campus.

The students had reported last month that a lock on a gate at the opening of the cave had been broken and a pile of trash had been burned inside.

Investigators asked the public for help in finding a nearly full-term woman with suspicious circumstances about her pregnancy. The campus and Warrensburg police Friday said information they received from that request led to the arrests.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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