The remains of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell were found after a weeks-long search when an investigator noticed a foot poking out of a trash can during the hunt in Tennessee.
The little girl’s mom, Megan Boswell, is facing charges for her murder after originally telling cops the toddler was missing, and then that she died in her sleep.
On Friday, forensic pathologist Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan testified in court that the toddler died in 2020 after being suffocated by a blanket and aluminum foil.
“The disposal of this child was remarkable,” Mileusnic-Polchan told the court, adding that Evelyn was alive when she was put into the can.
The doctor noted that Evelyn’s body was “sort of compressed” in the trash can and was found in an “accordion-like position.”
Mileusnic-Polchan also revealed that there was a “mechanical obstruction” in Evelyn’s airway, detailing that it was made of foil.
Evelyn’s 20-year-old mother, Megan, has been accused of murdering the child and attempting to cover it up.
The 15-month-old was first reported missing in February 2020 after last being seen in December 2019.
Following a 16-day-search, Evelyn’s remains were found on a family property in Tennessee.
Mileusnic-Polchan testified last week that photos of the deceased toddler should be shown to the jury to help them determine whether her death was accidental or not.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent Brian Fraley also spoke to the court, revealing that he found Evelyn’s body after seeing a foot sticking out from the trash can.
“It was my belief (the trash can was) placed there recently,” Fraley said, according to Crime Online.
“I observed a leg (with) a foot attached … on top of the trash. It was consistent with an infant of the described age of the missing victim.”
Megan faces two counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, tampering with evidence, abusing a corpse, as well as multiple counts of false reporting to police.
The mother has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will face trial in February 2023.
She has reportedly insisted Evelyn died in a co-sleeping incident.
Judge James Goodwin approved several photos taken after Evelyn’s death to be used as evidence in the trial, reports show.
At least one will be presented in black and white due to some of the details in the photograph.
Multiple photos were not approved to be used, including one that made the judge say that something “absolutely bothers” him about it.
The next court date has reportedly been set for December 16.