Miller Officials Quiet about Woman Charged in Baby's Death

7 years 1 month 1 week ago Friday, February 10 2012 Feb 10, 2012 Friday, February 10, 2012 2:53:00 PM CST February 10, 2012 in News
By: Emily Spain
loading

MILLER COUNTY - Miller County officials refused to answer questions Friday regarding why they waited three years to charge 36-year-old Emily Usnick with second-degree murder in the death of her baby girl. According to the probable cause statements from 2009, Usnick gave birth to the child in her bathroom at home, didn't seek medical attention and the baby died shortly after. The statement said Usnick told authorities she didn't know whether or not the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck.

Boone/Callaway County Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Stacy stated in a 2009 report that the baby had methamphetamine in her blood and liver indicating that the infant was alive in the hours immediately following delivery. Stacy also said the child could have been resusitated after the delivery. Usnick believes the child may "have drowned or suffocated while she was submerged" in the toilet after the birth. Statements said Usnick did not seek medical attention, but instead left the baby in a plastic bag inside a container that she locked in the trunk of her car. In 2009, officials found the baby during a drug raid of the place where Usnick was living. Investigators said they found an active meth lab inthe home. At that time, Usnick faced drug charges.

The Associated Press reported the sheriff's department has said the prosecutor waited to file charges until the state clarified whether Usnick could be charged with more serious charges, including murder. Staff members to Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard and County Sheriff Bill Abbott told KOMU 8 News that they had no way to reach the two officials when they're not in the office. The woman working the sheriff department's front desk said the sheriff wasn't in because he's the sheriff and can decide when to come into work.

Usnick is being held on $300,000 bond. Neighbors who requested to be anonymous said Usnick and those living with her were strangers to the small town of St. Elizabeth. They said the house she lived in was well hidden by trees and there was often a lot of people coming and going. They said the house has since been repossessed by the bank, fixed up and recently sold to a local school teacher.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri filed an appeals brief with the NCAA appeals committee. In the brief, Mizzou... More >>
35 minutes ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 6:12:00 PM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Election candidates met Monday for another round of public talks, this time focusing on policies, accessibility and accommodations... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 4:22:00 PM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- State representatives gathered Monday to announce the introduction of the Missouri First Step Act later this week. ... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 3:04:00 PM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Four more people have joined the list of people suing MU Health Care doctors and the Curators of... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 2:35:00 PM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Office said they seized $20,000 in illegal steroids during a traffic stop Sunday... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 1:25:00 PM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire at a business in Jefferson City. Firefighters went to... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 12:17:00 PM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Revenue is now offering licenses and identifications that comply with stricter... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 10:52:00 AM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
IOWA CITY - In the Regional Finals of the Women's NCAA Tournament, the Mizzou Tigers lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 12:22:10 AM CDT March 25, 2019 in Sports
MOBERLY - A woman was arrested in Moberly Saturday evening for driving while intoxicated with two children in the car,... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 12:02:00 AM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri forward Jontay Porter re-tore his ACL Saturday while rehabbing in Colorado, Mizzou Athletics confirmed to KOMU. ... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:21:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in Sports
(CNN) -- A triumphant President Donald Trump emerged Sunday to claim "complete and total exoneration" after special counsel... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:02:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Law enforcement agencies are turning to social media to connect with the people they serve. Police departments, sheriff's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 6:43:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
SALINE COUNTY - A body was recovered from the Missouri River Sunday afternoon. The Saline County Sheriff's Office said... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:50:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, here's how to get help : In the... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 3:35:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
(CNN) - The special counsel did not find Trump campaign or associates conspired with Russia. "The special counsel's investigation... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 1:05:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A locally-owned beer shop will close its doors for good on Wednesday. Craft Beer Cellar announced its... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:08:00 AM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- The evacuation of passengers from a cruise ship off the western coast of Norway has come to an... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:14:41 AM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
(CNN) — Rescuers are scrambling to rescue about 1,300 passengers and crew from a cruise ship off Norway... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:09:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
7pm 50°
8pm 48°
9pm 46°
10pm 45°