Mother who killed her 2-year-old and buried him in a shallow grave had another child while in custody

Mother who killed her 2-year-old and buried him in a shallow grave had another child while in custody

Six months after 2-year-old Colton Turner’s body was found buried in a shallow grave in southeast Austin, Child Protective Services officials have taken another child out of her possession.

Police said Meagan Work and her boyfriend buried her son’s 2-year-old body after the toddler was assaulted. She had another child while in custody, and CPS officials filed court records seeking to place the infant in state custody.

On Monday, State District Judge Darlene Byrne held a hearing to consider where the baby will live. Byrne confirmed she appointed a lawyer for the infant and appointed a family attorney to represent Work in the civil matter relating to child custody. Officials said Byrne will likely decide in coming days whether to allow Work’s new baby to live with a family member or place the child in foster care.

Police revealed in September that Work was about four months pregnant, but authorities have released no additional information about her pregnancy. A number of questions remain about the birth of Work’s baby, including whether she delivered the infant at the hospital or in jail. Turner is presumed to be the father. It also is unclear whether police allowed her to spend any time with her baby before taking the infant away. Those and many other details in the matter are confidential.

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