Monday, December 21, 2015

Accused Carthage child killer pleads not guilty

A Carthage woman charged with second degree murder of her fiancee's two-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty today in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Tearra Diane Olson, 20, is also charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child in connection with the August 29 death of Emalata Hoeft.

The two-year-old was the daughter of Olson's fiancee, Albert Steven O'Conner. Olson told police that the child was crying and that, out of frustration, she hit the child's head against a hard surface three times.

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