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Pleasant Hill man charged with placing baby's body in concrete

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Cass County authorities said that Matthew Scroggs of Pleasant Hill was charged Thursday with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with a vehicle. Cass County authorities said that Matthew Scroggs of Pleasant Hill was charged Thursday with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with a vehicle.
PLEASANT HILL, MO (KCTV) -

A Pleasant Hill man has been charged with disposing of a baby's body by placing it in a bucket that he then filled with concrete.

Cass County authorities said that 28-year-old Matthew Scroggs was charged Thursday with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with a vehicle.

Police had received a tip about the baby before they want to Scroggs' home in the 300 block of Cline Street on Nov. 4 to investigate reports of drugs and a stolen car.

Authorities also received information that Scroggs' wife, Krystal Scroggs, gave birth to a baby boy on Oct. 7, and the child was dead.

When police searched the home, they found a blue plastic "feeder type" bucket, with rope handles, sitting on the floor of the garage.

The bucket was filled to the top with hardened concrete that appeared to have been freshly poured, court records state.  Next to the bucket were three empty bags of concrete mix.

A probable cause statement says Matthew Scroggs told investigators that he helped his wife deliver their stillborn child, which he then put into the bucket and filled with concrete.

He stated he purchased the concrete the following day at the hardware store, court records state.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office performed the autopsy on the child and the results are pending from the lab.

The couple's other young children have been placed in the care of a relative.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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