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.
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