VANDALIA, Mo. -- The mother of a 3-year-old girl whose boyfriend killed and decapitated her daughter in 2001 explained in detail last week how she retrieved her daughter's head from a large trash bin and put it in the woods where she and her boyfriend had left the girl's remains.
She hoped, she said, to make it easier for authorities to one day identify her daughter. She succeeded. The girl's bones were used to trace her to the mother through DNA matching. The mother's DNA was on file with the FBI as a result of a prior arrest and plea bargain, for aggravated assault of a postal employee.
The woman told authorities she did not know the name or the whereabouts of the ex-boyfriend, who left her three weeks after her daughter's murder for another woman. She said she did not report the man because she hoped he would come back to her.