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Missouri woman charged in killing her biological teen daughter

According to the Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant, Missouri woman has been also charged with hiding the physical evidence and abandoning the corpse.

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Police arrested a woman from Missouri, she was charged with killing her teenage daughter whom she gave up years ago as a baby for adoption. The girl was raised months after when she returned from Minnesota, her remains were discovered in the burn pit on her own property.

The 39-year-old Rebecca Ruud has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse which lead her to the death, she has been also charged with second-degree felony murder in killing her own daughter. The 16-year-old teenage daughter named Savannah Leckie has died now and her mother is now in the police custody.

According to the Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant, the woman has been also charged with hiding the physical evidence and abandoning the corpse. However, he refused to say whether more people are involved in Savannah Leckie’s murder or not.

As per the reports, only Rebecca Ruud has been charged with killing her biological daughter and no other person has been charged. But more charges are expected as the investigation is still going on, Sheriff Darrin Reed said.

Ruud is now behind the bars in the Ozark County prison. According to the statement filed with the murder charges, the property in Theodosia where Ruud and her current husband live was reportedly set on fire on 18th July. She was trying to save her daughter from the fire and was burned, she told fire officials. However, she denied fire officials to talk to her daughter Savannah Leckie.

Tamile Leckie-Montague from Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights, Savannah Leckie’s adoptive mother thanked Missouri investigators and also asked for privacy by issuing a news release on Tuesday. Leckie-Montague wrote, “Our family is in deep grief and is mourning Savannah as her remains were identified yesterday. This is not the outcome that we were hoping and praying for.”

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