Idaho woman charged after girl’s body found in garbage bag
EMMETT, Idaho (AP) – A grandmother has been charged after the body of a missing child from Emmett, Idaho, was discovered last week in a garbage bag in a car parked outside her own home, according to reports. court documents released Monday.
The deceased girl is believed to be 8-year-old Taryn Summers, who was reported missing from her home on April 12. Investigators have not officially identified the body – mentioned by the initials TS in court documents – but the Gem County Sheriff’s Office said the body is believed to be this child.
The child’s grandmother, Connie Ann Smith, 54, was arrested in Ada County last week and charged with failing to notify the death and destroying evidence, prosecutors said. She could face up to 10 years in prison if the charge is not notified if convicted and up to five years if evidence is destroyed.
According to court documents, Smith told the sheriff’s office on Monday that Summers, who lived with her, had run away. Smith added that she cut a piece of carpet in the girl’s room and burned it because Taryn defecated on the carpet. Searches did not reveal any sign of the missing girl.
Idaho State Forensic investigators returned home Wednesday where they were shown to a vehicle registered to the suspect’s son. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Smith was seen driving the vehicle the day Summers went missing.
The girl was discovered in a black plastic garbage bag in the car with vomit stained on her shirt and in her hair, investigators said. An official cause of death has not yet been released.
Prosecutor Erick Thompson told court on Monday that the case was still under investigation and additional charges could be filed. He urged the judge to set the bond at $ 1 million or more, arguing the defendant could be at risk of absconding.
Smith’s attorney Josh Taylor of Boise asked for a lower bond, telling the judge his client had no criminal history and surrendered after hearing the charges.
Judge Tyler Smith ordered the grandmother to hold $ 800,000 bond and return her passport and undergo GPS surveillance if released from prison. The judge also ordered Smith to have no contact with the children.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3.