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Mo. man is charged with incest, killing

Associated Press / January 24, 2009
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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. - A man suspected of fathering four children with his teenage daughter faces charges of killing at least one of them after human remains were discovered at the rural home where the family once lived, authorities said yesterday.

The 47-year-old man is charged with second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, statutory rape, two counts of incest, and two counts of abandoning a corpse.

Three of the children are now dead. The abuse of his now 19-year-old daughter allegedly began when she was 13, said Teresa Hensley, Cass County prosecutor.

The Associated Press is withholding the suspect's name to protect the identity of the teenage daughter.

At an arraignment yesterday, the man said he did not yet have an attorney and indicated to a judge that he didn't understand the murder charge. Another hearing was set for Jan. 29.

According to court documents, the teenage daughter told police he had fathered all four children, while the father told detectives he was certain two of them were his. Both said all of the children were delivered at home by the father and his wife.

The father was arrested Wednesday night in Daviess County after two coolers with the remains of two infants were found.

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