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Jailed mother of missing Amber Alert child wants to be released, requested bond reduction

Posted at 3:14 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 19:36:29-05

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — The mother of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell asked a Sullivan County judge to reduce her bond.charged with lying to police wants out of jail.

Maggie Boswell appeared before the judge Monday afternoon. She was arrested almost one week after the Amber Alert was issued.

She was assigned a lawyer who requested a bond reduction for his client. Boswell is accused of filing a false report and thus hindering the search for her missing daughter Evelyn.

Her lawyer wants the $25,000 bond reduced. The judge, for now, declined. Prosecutors are moving forward with the criminal case against Boswell hoping for a conviction and a two to 12-year sentence.

Meanwhile, investigators are still no closer to finding Boswell's daughter. Those close to the case now compare it with another involving a long missing child -- that of Joe Clyde Daniels.

They say the plight of these two missing children is eerily similar. Yes, of course, there are differences.

Evelyn Boswell is 15 months old. Joe Clyde Daniels - five years old.

But, both cases have confounded investigators who have suspects, but no hard evidence.

Joe Clyde disappeared from his Dickson County, Tennessee home nearly two years ago. Authorities believe he's deceased. But, they've never located a body, and no there's no physical evidence the boy is even dead.

Evelyn Boswell was last seen alive this past December in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Like Joe Clyde, she vanished without a trace - no blood evidence or sign of foul play.

Police hope she's alive but, there's concern with each passing day she goes missing.

"As you all know these case are time sensitive. We urge anyone with information to come forward," said Jeff Cassidy, Sullivan County Sheriff.

In both cases, there are those close to the missing children who are talking or, more specifically, lying according to police.

Joe Clyde's father Joseph initially confessed to killing his son but he was never able to lead to police to a body and now he's recanted that confession.

As for Evelyn's mother Megan Boswell?

"Every time we talk to her her story changes. Every single time," said Cassidy.

Boswell's been arrested for filing a false report and hindering the effort to find her daughter.

"She has been inaccurate throughout the investigation," said Cassidy.

Many wonder why Megan Boswell or perhaps her mother -- Evelyn's grandmother -- are not charged in the child's disappearance? Clearly, police have their suspicions.

Yet, unlike the Joe Clyde case, where detectives do have that confession and incriminating statements from the boy's mother Krystal, there are no such breaks in the the Evelyn Boswell case, at least not yet.

Investigators say it really comes down to this: Without any physical evidence, eyewitnesses, or confessions there simply is not a strong criminal case to be made. And so it is all the more crucial that Evelyn be found dead or hopefully alive.

The TBI reports receiving close to 800 tips so far in the Evelyn Boswell case. The reward for information leading to the child is in the neighborhood of $70,000.

Those with information should call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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