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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Independence man and woman charged in death of their two-month old child

For Immediate Release
Nov. 16, 2022

The mother and father of a 10-week old child have been charged with Child Abuse after the child was found dead from malnutrition, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Austen M. Taub Hack, dob: 1/6/2003, and Sarah Stone, dob: 8/20/2002, each face the A felony charge of Abuse or Neglect of a Child -- Resulting in Death.*

According to court records, Independence Police Department officers were dispatched on Nov. 14, 2022, to an apartment. Officers found a 10-week-old child who was not breathing and cold. Detectives observed the child was extremely malnourished. The Medical Examiner advised that the child suffered from severe malnutrition and dehydration.

Prosecutors requested a $150,000 cash bond for each defendant.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded guilty.

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