Infant's body found in a pond, arrest made

Cassidy King / Randolph County Sheriff's office

UPDATED: May 10 at 3:04 p.m.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 25-year-old Cassidy Nicole Ann King has been charged with abandonment of a corpse.

Court documents show King gave birth to the child at home several weeks ago.

King surrendered to Randolph County authorities on Monday, one day after the duffel bag was found on private property west of Higbee by a woman later identified as King's sister.

Investigators say they found a towel bearing King's name with the infant's body. County coroner Gerald Luntsford estimates the child was in the pond for three weeks.

------------- reported that Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols says King's bond has been set at $20,000 cash-only.King was arrested following the discovery of an infant's body inside a duffel bag floating in a small pond.

A man and his girlfriend spotted and retrieved the bag Sunday while walking on private property in central Missouri's Randolph County.

Sheriff Mark Nichols tells KMZU-FM the investigation led to the arrest Monday of a 25-year-old woman from Moberly. That's about nine miles from the small town of Higbee, where the baby's body was found.

The woman's name was being withheld while charges were pending.

Nichols said based on the condition of the body, it appears the baby died in the past few days. Results of an autopsy had not been announced late Monday afternoon.

The infant's body had been taken to the Boone County medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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(The Associated Press and KTVO-TV our of Kirksville, Mo. contributed to this story.)

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