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Investigation continues into death of Wagner infant

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An 11-year old boy is in custody for allegedly killing a two-year old on the Fourth of July in Wagner. State and local law enforcement continue to investigate the suspicious death of RieLee Lovell but at this time are not releasing facts on the case.

A small praying angel stands alone in the yard. Beside the cherub is a wind battered sign, a memento for RieLee Lovell.

"People in this neighborhood say they are shocked that something like this died right next door. RieLee's mother Eileen Fox, she says she is having a hard time believing her daughter is now gone.

"It's a very tough situation, it just doesn't seem real, it hasn't sunk in and probably won't." Said Fox.

"It absolutely breaks your heart, anytime you have a death it's a terrible thing, but when you have a death of a two year old it's exceptionally terrible." Said Charles Mix County State's Attorney Pamela Hein.

Hein says she's never dealt with a homicide case where both the victim and suspect are both children. The incident happened on the Fourth of July and Hein says people across the state are starving for answers.

"Our office is being bombarded with calls for the simple fact that it is such a young victim and the suspect being young as well, families want to know." Said Hein.

Fox says she still doesn't know what happened to her daughter that night but her loss is felt everyday by her family. Fighting back tears she said, "I miss her, she was an angel, she was about to turn three, her birthday is the 30th of this month."

But for now Fox will be forced to wait like everyone else, until the final answers come to light.

"We just have to be patient, we don't want false rumors going out as truths, we really need to get to the bottom of it and find out what the truth is." Said Hein.

The attorney general's office is waiting for final autopsy results before formal charges are applied. State's attorney Hein did say they are potentially looking at charging others because RieLee's death was not reported for several hours.

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