Ivon Adams is shown in this picture from the Caddo County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office, taken on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Ivon Adams, who was 36 years old, was arrested in Arizona and sent back to Oklahoma on charges of murder and child neglect.
An affidavit for Ivon Adams’ arrest says he beat 4-year-old Athena Brownfield to death on the night of Dec. 25 and then buried her on land he and his wife once owned near the nearby town of Rush Springs. This is where the child’s body was found.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The body of a child found in Oklahoma earlier this month has been confirmed to be that of 4-year-old Athena Brownfield. Investigators believe that a carer beat her to death on Christmas Day.
Thursday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said on social media that the state’s chief medical examiner had made the identification.
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On January 10, the girl was reported missing after her 5-year-old sister was found outside the house where she lived alone with Ivon Adams III and his wife, Alysia Adams. The couple had been taking care of the sisters in Cyril, which is about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Oklahoma City and has about 800 people.
As per the report Ivon Adams, who was 36 years old, was arrested in Arizona and sent back to Oklahoma on charges of murder and child neglect.
In an affidavit for Ivon Adams’ arrest, it is said that he beat the girl to death on the night of December 25 and then buried her on land he and his wife once owned near the town of Rush Springs. This is where the girl’s body was found. The document doesn’t say why Ivon Adams was hitting the girl.
In this case, Alysia Adams, who is 31, is charged with two counts of child neglect.
The bureau said its agents recovered the girl’s body on Jan. 17 after police said the search had become a “recovery operation.” The search included a helicopter, boats, all-terrain vehicles, a specially trained ground team and a review of surveillance video from around Cyril.
A helicopter, boats, all-terrain vehicles, a specially trained ground team, and surveillance video from around Cyril were all used in the search.
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