Columbia woman faces charges in connection to infant death

Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 7:25 p.m. CST; updated 7:49 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 8, 2012

BOONVILLE — A Columbia woman was arrested Thursday morning on a warrant issued by Cooper County in connection with the May death of an 11-week-old girl in Boonville.

Treschell R. Kemp, 24, faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault and abuse of a child resulting in its death, according to court records.

Deputies were called to a residence at 22996 Highway 98 in Boonville on May 14. They were responding to a report that a child was not breathing, according to a news release issued by Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe.

The child was pronounced dead that morning, and an autopsy determined the death was not accidental.

Kemp shoved a pacifier into the infant's mouth, according to the probable cause statement. The child died from asphyxiation.

Kemp is being held at the Cooper County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond, according to the news release.

Kemp was formally arraigned in court and pleaded not guilty, according to court records.

A status hearing to determine whether Kemp is eligible for a public defender was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 20 before Cooper County Associate Circuit Judge Keith Bail.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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