Mother of missing Tennessee toddler charged in AMBER Alert case
The mother of a missing Tennessee toddler was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged with false reporting, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The TBI reported that the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office charged Megan Boswell with false reporting in connection to the disappearance of her 15-month-old daughter, Evelyn Boswell. As of February 25, Evelyn was still missing.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said Boswell was arrested because she "provided detectives and agents with a number of conflicting statements. Further investigation revealed that some of the information provided by Megan Boswell was false."
As authorities questioned Boswell inside the sheriff's office in the hours before investigators announced her arrest, WVLT News Reporter Robert Grant monitored the scene from outside.
He watched as a group of people gathered in the parking lot, hoping for an opportunity to confront Boswell.
The sheriff's office said Boswell's bond was set at $25,000 and that she was being held at the Sullivan County Jail.
WVLT News broke the story and reporter Robert Grant delivered a live report moments after her arrest was announced.
An AMBER Alert was first issued by the TBI on February 19.
Officials said she was last seen sometime in December, with reports conflicting on the exact date. Investigators said the child's grandfather reached out to the Department of Children's Services after not seeing Evelyn since Thanksgiving.
, Boswell told them on February 24 that the child's grandmother, Angela Boswell, took Evelyn to Mendota, Virginia. Investigators said that they checked Mendota on February 24 and found nothing.
On February 25, unsubstantiated reports circulated social media, saying that investigators were going to Mendota, again, and taking Megan Boswell. Investigators told WVLT News that those reports were false.
Captain Andy Seabolt said, "Investigators did ask the US Marshals and the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office to check campgrounds in Mendota yesterday [February 24], but there has been no further mention of Mendota today [February 25]."
As of Tuesday night, Evelyn was still missing.
Call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you know anything about the case.