Saturday, August 26, 2000

Parents indicted in death of infant

The Associated Press

        HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A Christian County grand jury on Friday indicted a couple on charges that they murdered their infant daughter and dumped her body in a pond at Fort Campbell.

Kristi Melancon
Kristi Melancon
        The indictments charge Joseph Melancon, 24, and Kristi Melancon, 25, with murder, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and falsely reporting an incident.

        Authorities said Joseph Melancon, 24, a Fort Campbell soldier, led them to 8-month-old Emily Rose Melancon's body in a pond on the military post last Friday.

        Preliminary autopsy results showed no signs of blunt trauma or physical assault, said Christian County Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Boling. Investigators are looking into malnutrition and neglect as possible factors in the baby's death, he said Friday night.

        The Melancons reported their daughter missing to city police on Aug. 11. They claimed they had left the baby asleep on the floor of the downstairs den before they went upstairs to bed. They said the door had been left unlocked and that someone must have come into the apartment and abducted the baby while they slept.


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