Megan Boswell, woman charged in death of 15-month-old daughter, appears in court

Evelyn’s disappearance captured the region.
Judge denies reduced bond for Megan Boswell, mother of missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell
Judge denies reduced bond for Megan Boswell, mother of missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell
Published: Apr. 7, 2022 at 8:05 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 11:22 AM CDT
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Megan Boswell Appears in Court

Megan Boswell appears for Motion to Continue Hearing

Posted by WVLT on Monday, June 13, 2022

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Megan Boswell, the woman charged in her daughter’s death, 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, appeared in court Monday for a motion to continue hearing.

Boswell reported her daughter missing in February 2020 but said she had not been seen since December 2019. In March of 2020, the remains of toddler Evelyn were found buried beneath a shed on a family member’s property.

The mother was indicted on 19 charges, including two counts were felony murder, one in perpetration of felony child abuse and one in perpetration of aggravated child neglect. Boswell also faces one count of aggravated child abuse, one count of aggravated child neglect, one count of tampering with evidence, 12 counts of false reporting, one count of abuse of a corpse and one count of failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual or unnatural circumstances.

In court on Thursday, Brad Sproles, Boswell’s attorney, said he wanted to separate four of the woman’s charges, including two felony murder charges, from the others, a report from CBS affiliate WJHL shared. The report also stated that Sproles noted to Judge Jim Goodwin that the jury in the trial wouldn’t be able to properly examine and decide on the charges, in reference to the 12 counts of false reports.

“What we’re trying to avoid is a situation where the jury can say, ‘She’s been found guilty of filing false reports, so, therefore, she has to be guilty of the murder,’” Sproles said in court according to WJHL.

However, the state disagreed, saying that the charges Boswell faced were together to paint a complete picture of the case, according to the report.

In a previous appearance, the court decided to prepare a questionnaire for an upcoming jury to gauge publicity in the case. Judge Jim Goodwin said that the questionnaire results presented would factor into the court’s decision on the motion to move the trial out of Sullivan County, the report stated.

According to WJHL, Sproles had noted that finding a jury that would be unbiased may be hard based on widespread public opinion.

In court on Thursday, the judge did not decide whether or not to split the charges into separate trials.

In May of 2021, Boswell was seen in court, where a trial date was set for September 26, 2022. State prosecutors announced they would seek a sentence of life imprisonment for the woman.

Evelyn’s disappearance captured the region. You can read more about the timeline of the case here.

At the motion, the defense argued that the official trial date should be pushed back since the TBI had just gotten lab test results back, which take time to review. The trial was pushed back to Feb. 6, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

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