Couple encased dead baby in concrete claim it was a still born they were preserving for a proper memorial

Father: Matthew Scroggs, has been charged with abandonment of corpse after police found the body of a baby boy encased in concrete in his home

Father: Matthew Scroggs, has been charged with abandonment of corpse after police found the body of a baby boy encased in concrete in his home

(SOURCE)  A couple who placed a dead baby in a bucket filled with concrete claim they were preserving the body for a memorial.

Matthew and Krystal Scroggs, from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, say the baby was stillborn at five months and that they were waiting for her to recover from the birth to hold a burial.

Mr Scroggs, 28, has now been arrested and charged with abandonment of a corpse.

Cass County police responded to a report claiming that the Scroggs was in possession of a stolen car and used drugs.

They had also been tipped off that Mrs Scroggs had given birth in early October and that the child had died and evidence would be found in a plastic tote.

 Police found the stolen vehicle and after taking Mr Scroggs in for questioning they received permission from him to search their home.


Crime scene: Police were called to the home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri after a report of a stolen vehicle, drug use and a tip about the baby boy in the bucket

Crime scene: Police were called to the home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri after a report of a stolen vehicle, drug use and a tip about the baby boy in the bucket

Upon their search, they found a blue plastic bucket containing the remains of a male infant encased in concrete.

After initially denying that his wife had been pregnant, Mr Scroggs admitted that Krystal had delivered a stillborn boy at five months which he then put in the blue bucket and filled with concrete.

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