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Nov 4, 2009

Couple pleads guilty to concealing dead body of infant

Story PictureIn the Supreme Courts, the trial of the parents of the body of an infant found in 2008 concluded today. Thirty-two year old Michael Tesecum and forty-one year old Therese Watlow were charged with the lesser offence of the concealment of the body of a child. In 2008, the police received information that a heinous crime occurred at a Lake Independence residence at least four years earlier. On June twenty-eight, police visited the parent’s home located in the St. Martin’s de Poress area where they found a grave that held the skeletal remains of Jermaine Tesecum who was less than two years old at the time of his death. The remains were wrapped in a floral design sheet inside a white plastic bucket buried three feet deep in the ground. Due to the state of decomposition and the long period that the child had been buried, a pathologist could not determine the cause of the child’s death. However, in a confession statement to police, Watlow said that her common-law-husband had grabbed the child from her and hit the infant’s head against the wall several times. In court today, the prosecution’s case was presented by Christelle Wilson in the courtroom of Justice Michelle Arana. In an astonishing move, Tesecum and Watlow both changed their plea from Not Guilty to Guilty. They will be sentenced on Friday, November sixth. They both face a maximum of two years imprisonment for the crime.

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