Stone County Woman Now Charged with Murder

From Ozarks First

Charges have been upgraded in the case of a Crane woman killing her 9-month old child.

Dakota Moore, 18, was initially charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of her child on September 12, 2017. Prosecutors upgraded those charges to first degree murder on May 9, 2018.

According to the probable cause statement, John Cunningham, coroner of Stone County, requested the Chief Medical Examiner for St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties review the autopsy report.

Dr. Mary Case included in her correspondence to Cunningham that “it is my opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that this child’s death was inflicted at the hands of another by suffocation. It is a homicide. There are abusive injuries including the rib fractures. The subgaleal hemorrhages are marks indicative of pressure or blunt force on the internal surface of the scalp in at least 10 separate sites. These hemorrhages are highly suggestive of finger marks as the head was held in an act of suffocation and are commonly associated with such deaths.”

Dr. Case found the cause of death as asphyxiation by suffocation and the manner of death was homicide.

Previous Coverage

CRANE, Mo. — Sheriff’s detectives and police officers found a 9-month-old child unresponsive in the morning on Sept. 12 in Crane, Missouri. Efforts to save the child weren’t successful.

On Sept. 16, the prosecutor charged the mother with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and abuse or neglect involving a child, according to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

During the autopsy, investigators found the infant had injuries consistent with child abuse, according to the news release.

The mother, 18-year-old Dakota Moore, of Crane, allegedly told the sheriff’s department during an interview she kicked the child. Officials then took her into custody.

Moore is being held in the Stone County Jail without bond.