Lydia Iliff charged

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MARSHALL - Officials charged a Marshall mother Wednesday with second degree murder. 

Lydia Iliff also faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Iliff allegedly left her 18-month-old child, Alaryn, near the Blackwater River in Marshall in July. The child was later found dead.

The pair went missing July 5. Iliff returned home July 7 without her child. Later that night, Saline County Sheriff Wally George issued a request for volunteers to help search for Alaryn via KMMO, a Marshall radio station. On July 8, searchers found the child dead near the Blackwater River. Iliff went to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for dehydration and schizophrenia. Deputies arrested her August 2.

George told KOMU 8 News this process was so lengthy because the prosecuting attorney wanted to make sure he had all of the essential information before moving forward.

Iliff also has a lengthy arrest record throughout the state. In 2003, officials arrested her for assault in Stover. In 2010, she faced four counts of forgery in Sedalia. She received five years supervised probation for those charges. In 2011, she faced a nuisance violation charge in Sedalia. In 2012, she received the felony tampering charge in connection with the stolen pickup truck.