Woman charged with murder of burned infant

December 19, 2013 9:37:38 AM

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COLUMBIA -- A Lumberton woman has been charged with murder after a burned infant was recovered. 

 

Sasha Stokes, 26, was arrested Tuesday in Marion County after officials found the burned body of an infant in a barrel. Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall says deputies went to a house just south of Columbia after receiving a call. There, forensic technicians worked to recover remains and evidence from a rusty metal barrel that appeared to be used for burning trash. 

 

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the infant was Stokes' child. He couldn't say if it was a girl or a boy or when it was born. The remains have been brought to Jackson for an autopsy. 

 

Stokes is being held at the Marion Walthall Correctional Facility in Columbia.