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Stacey Barker charged with murder

April 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Southern California mother has been charged with murdering the 18-month-old daughter she initially reported missing last month.The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Monday that 24-year-old Stacey Marie Barker of Quartz Hill was charged with one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death, and child abuse.

Deputy District Attorney S. Kelly Cromer says Barker was to be arraigned Monday at Antelope Valley Court in Lancaster.

Police said Stacey Barker, 24, initially claimed the child was kidnapped on March 18, telling detectives someone knocked her out while she was putting her daughter Emma into her car in Lancaster. Barker claimed when she woke up, her daughter was missing.

Barker later recanted her story and said Emma died in an accident.

Emma's body was found in tall grass a few blocks from Interstate 5 in Sylmar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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