An artist rendition of Emma Cole (R) by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was described as useful in identifying the remains discovered at the baseball field.
A female in Smyrna, Delaware faces new charges in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, who had been discovered dead at a softball field in 2019. The country’s attorney general declared Tuesday that Kristie Haas, 28, currently faces two counts of murder by neglect or abuse in the first level as a portion of a superseding indictment from the death of Emma Cole.
“Emma Grace had a complete life to live and that life has been taken,” said Rachel Byrd, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. “At just three years old she had been taken from her friends, her loved ones and her sisters and brother. If the vulnerable of our citizens – our children are victimized we shall do everything in our capacity to hold the perpetrators responsible and to protect others from injury.”
Haas husband Brandon Haas, 39, were previously indicted in April on charges such as first-degree child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities said the few abused and neglected Emma. Investigators said they deprived her of food and needed medical attention, left her and her siblings do excessive exercise, and exposed them to”improper physical area.”
At the time, police promised more possible fees.
Brandon Haas is seen in a prison mugshot.
“While Brandon and Kristie Haas’ initial arrests provided some aid, we knew that the mission wasn’t complete till we could deliver a homicide charge in this situation,” said Lt. Brian Donner of the Smyrna Police Department in a statement on Tuesday. “Nowadays onwards all that hard work and investigation. Based on Chief Torrie James and the members of the Smyrna Police Department, we would love to thank the Attorney General’s office for staying the course with us and visiting this situation through. We’d love to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their experience and resources which made these fees possible. Finally, most of us owe lead writer William Davis of the Smyrna Police Department our thanks for his tenacity and hard work throughout the course of the investigation.”
Brandon Haas, that Emma’s stepfather, was recently locked again after allegedly violating the condition of his bond. Kristie Haas remains in prison and wasn’t guilty to the initial indictment on Thursday.
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