Body ID’d As Missing 15-Month-Old Tennessee Toddler Evelyn Boswell
The baby’s mom, Megan Boswell, is currently in jail for making false statements.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday evening they’ve positively identified the remains of Megan Boswell’s missing 15-month-old daughter, Evelyn.
WATCH: We have a sad update to pass along in our ongoing search for answers in the death of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell. Remains found on Friday evening have been confirmed to be those of the little girl.— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) March 11, 2020
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“We understand that Evelyn captured your hearts. She captured ours as well. But…we’re limited in what details we can release,” Leslie Earhart of TBI said in a video statement.
Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy assured in the video there will be “certain and swift justice” for “anybody involved in baby Evelyn’s death.”
Evelyn’s 18-year-old mother, Megan, was arrested on Feb. 25 and charged with making false statements to authorities.
“Many of the false statements that Megan made delayed our investigation and also impeded our investigation on trying to find Evelyn,” Sheriff Cassidy said at a news conference the following day.
The toddler’s body was discovered Friday, Mar. 6, on the Blountville property of her maternal grandfather, Tommy Boswell Sr., and sent to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy, USA Today reported.
Megan’s defense attorney, Brad Sproles, told Johnson City’s WJHL-TV that his client was “obviously upset” about the news.
Three days after Evelyn’s remains were found, Judge James Goodwin raised Megan’s bond from $25,000 to $150,000 at a Mar. 9 hearing.
TBI special agent Brian Fraley testified at the bond hearing that the “exact clothing that was found on this child” fit the description of items Megan said her daughter was wearing when she last saw her alive.
Fraley added “various child clothing, diapers, toys, that kind of thing that would belong to the child” were also located on the property.
As CrimeFeed reported, Evelyn vanished in December, but it wasn’t until Feb. 18 that the little girl’s grandfather alerted authorities that nobody had seen the child for around two months.
Sheriff Cassidy alleged that from the start Megan began lying to investigators looking into her daughter’s whereabouts.
"Every time we talk to her, her story changes," Cassidy said at the Feb. 26 news conference. "I'm serious when I say that. Every single time."
Before Megan’s arrest, she claimed her mother, Angela Boswell, 42, had kidnapped Evelyn and taken her to Virginia.
The grandmother and her 33-year-old boyfriend, William McCloud, were arrested on Feb. 21 on charges unrelated to Evelyn’s disappearance. Police accuse the pair of stealing a 2007 BMW and fleeing to North Carolina. Both now face theft charges and have bonded out of jail.
According to a Knox News investigation, court and public records show Megan grew up in a home filled with chaos.
In March 2009, Megan’s father, Tommy Sr., claimed her mom, Angela, stabbed him with a pen during an attack, court records show.
Three years later, in February 2012, Tommy Sr. became upset when he discovered his wife was inside his house with another man, Brandon Yates, according to an affidavit of complaint.
An arrest warrant states Tommy Sr. and Tommy Jr. — his then-19-year-old son with Angela — went to the property, threatened Yates with “some type of wooden club,” and demanded he come outside.
“Brandon said that he was about half way down the driveway to Muddy Creek Road when he observed a grey colored Chevrolet pickup truck with ‘Tommy’s Paving’ on the side…heading straight for him,” the warrant reads.
“Brandon stated that he was in fear for his life, and he began running toward a fence that was in the yard,” the warrant continues. “Brandon stated that he was unable to outrun the truck and was struck by the vehicle…and was flipped over the hood and landed on the driveway.”
Both Boswell men were arrested and received probation after striking plea deals in the assault case, court records show.
Megan’s parents got back together after the incident and had another son, Elijah. In September 2014, the couple split again. They were officially divorced a year later.
By 2016, the pair had again reunited and Angela gave birth to their fourth child, this time a daughter, Charlotte. The relationship came to its final end about two years later, when Megan was pregnant with Evelyn.
In late 2018, Tommy Sr. asked the court to award him custody of his and Angela’s three minor children — Megan, Elijah and Charlotte.
“[Angela Boswell] is currently in jail,” Tommy Sr. wrote in a petition for a restraining order, Knox News reported. “She has stated that she is out for blood and she will get revenge on me when she is released from jail.”
“I am in fear for myself and my children, Megan, Elijah and Charlotte Boswell,” he wrote, claiming, “She is using illegal drugs in front of our children. She is exposing our children to criminals.”
A judge granted his request for custody.
Just weeks before Evelyn disappeared in December, Megan posted on social media that her “life’s been really sucky lately” — but her baby’s “unconditional love” made everything at least a little more bearable.
“I’m not the best mom in the world, but I try so hard for this little beauty,” the teen mother wrote on Facebook in September 2019. “I can't even explain the love I feel for her, and I know she loves me too.”
“You can say whatever you want about me being a young mom, but I promise you my life is so much better with this angel,” she continued. “My life wasn’t ruined when I had her, she gave me a purpose and a reason to wake up every day and to better myself. There’s no love like the love from your child!”
Megan is currently behind bars at the Sullivan County Jail. Nobody has been charged with Evelyn’s death.