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Marion County Authorities Find Infant Remains, 1 Suspect In Custody

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MARION COUNTY, Miss. - The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of an infant. The suspect in custody is believed to be the mother of the child.

Sheriff Berkley Hall says they received an anonymous call just before lunch time Tuesday that the remains of an infant would be inside a trash barrel at a house on Arthur B. Johnson Lane. 

"We did in fact see what seems to be human remains," Hall said.

The suspect in custody is 26-year-old Sasha Stokes.

"Right now she is charged with murder," Hall said.

Investigators believe that Stokes was the mother of the infant. Neighbors that knew her say they are shocked.

"I couldn't believe she done something like that," Richard Lewis, a neighbor. "I went to school with her."

"A child that never had a chance to do anything," Carlos Stepney, a neighbor. "It's a tragedy to the neighborhood, that's shocking to everybody around here."

Sheriff Hall said this is one of the saddest cases they've investigated all year.

"It's very emotional to work stuff like this," he said.

He said the cause of death has not been determined yet. The body has been sent off for an autopsy and they are waiting for the preliminary reports.

"That's going to tell a lot about the child and what actually was the cause of death," he said.

A motive has not been given.

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