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Man Arrested In Murder Of Young Tullahoma Mother

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a young Tullahoma mother.

Police said 49-year-old Michael Curtis was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of 23-year-old Kayla Qualls. Curtis is the father of Qualls' former boyfriend, who is the father of her two children.

Investigators said Curtis killed Qualls at his home in Tullahoma, put her body in her SUV and then ditched it in Franklin County. Two hunters found the body on Monday.

A preliminary investigation revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The location of where Qualls body was found prompted several agencies to work closely on the case -- including Franklin County and Coffee County Sheriff's departments, Tullahoma Police and the TBI. 

"But fortunately the three agencies and the TBI have worked as one solid team to make sure that the evidence was going to be solid and that we would be able to do Kayla justice," said Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell.

Officials would not release a motive, but said Curtis implicated himself during questioning and a search of his home led to his arrest. There had been no previous documented violence between Qualls and Curtis; however, there were documented court cases over custody of the children.

Police said that Qualls' former boyfriend was still considered a person of interest in the case, but is not in police custody. Both Curtis and his son were said to have criminal pasts.

Qualls left behind two children, ages three and four, who remain in DCS custody. A fund for the little girl and boy has been set up at Moore County Bank. Donations can also be made at any First Community Bank branch in Shelbyville.

Michael Curtis was held on $1 million bond. He was set to appear in court on Monday, December 3.

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