Thursday, December 10, 2015

Accused Carthage child killer bound over for trial

The 20-year-old Carthage woman accused of murdering her boyfriend's two-year-old daughter waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday and was bound over for trial.

Tearra Diane Olson's arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Monday, December 21.

Olson is charged with second degree murder and felony abuse or neglect of a child. She told police she slammed two-year-old Emalata Hoeft's head against a hard surface three times August 29, resulting in the child's death.

Olson was living with the child's father, Albert Steven O'Conner (pictured with Olson). She told police that Emalata Hoeft was crying and out of frustration she hit the child's head against the hard surface.

Olson and O'Conner left the girl at home, locked in her room with a sippy cup, while he worked at Butterball and she worked at Flex-O-Lators, according to the affidavit.

O'Conner was charged with a felony endangering the welfare of a child was bound over for trial following an October 14 preliminary hearing.

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