US Marshals capture Independence mother charged in death of her - KCTV5

US Marshals capture Independence mother charged in death of her infant

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File photo - Whitley R. Evenson was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her infant. (KCTV5) File photo - Whitley R. Evenson was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her infant. (KCTV5)
POST FALLS, ID (KCTV) -

Whitley R. Evenson, a teenage fugitive mother from Independence, has been captured after months on the run.

The Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor charged Evenson with the murder of her 6-week-old in Sept. 2015.

Evenson reportedly told investigators that she placed her hand over the child’s mouth, causing suffocation.

Evenson was on bond awaiting trial when she failed to appear for a court hearing in July. A warrant for her arrest was then issued, and investigators learned that she had left town.

Detectives from Independence, Missouri assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Kansas City worked for more than two months to find her. Witnesses were interviewed, leads were tracked down, and information was uncovered that ultimately involved deputies and task force officers in four states.

Recent efforts had focused on the Northwest. Late in the afternoon on Friday, deputies were a few days behind Evenson when they tracked her down in Post Falls, Idaho.

Evenson was arrested without incident in a Walmart parking lot, and she was turned over to local authorities in Kootenai County to be held on the warrant.

She is awaiting extradition proceedings before being taken back to Jackson County.

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