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Mother Faces New Murder Charges in Death of 3-Year-Old Girl Found at Delaware Softball Field

Kristie Haas (L) is seen in a jailhouse mugshot. An artist rendition of both Emma Cole (R) from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been described as useful in identifying the remains found in the baseball field.
A girl in Smyrna, Delaware faces fresh charges from the death of her 3-year-old daughter, who was found dead in a softball field in 2019. The country’s attorney general announced Tuesday the Kristie Haas, 28, now faces two counts of murder from neglect or abuse in the first level as a portion of a superseding indictment from the death of Emma Cole.
“Emma Grace had a full life to live and life was taken,” said Rachel Byrd, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. “At just 3 years old she was taken from her friends, her loved ones and her sisters and sisters. When the most vulnerable of our citizens – our children are victimized we can do everything in our ability to maintain the perpetrators accountable and to safeguard others from harm.”
Haas husband Brandon Haas, 39, were previously indicted in April on charges such as school-age child abuse and endangering the welfare of a young child. Authorities said the few mistreated and neglected Emma. Investigators said they deprived her of food and necessary medical care, made her and her sisters do excessive exerciseand subjected them to”improper physical discipline.”
At the time, police promised more possible charges.
Brandon Haas is seen in a jail mugshot.
“While Brandon and Kristie Haas’ first arrests provided some aid, we understood that the mission wasn’t complete till we could deliver a homicide charge in this situation,” said Lt. Brian Donner of the Smyrna Police Department in an announcement on Tuesday. “Today culminates all hard work and evaluation. Based on Chief Torrie James and the members of the Smyrna Police Department, we’d love to thank the Attorney General’s office for staying the course with us and seeing this case through. We would love to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their expertise and resources which made these charges possible. Ultimately, all of us owe lead writer William Davis of the Smyrna Police Department our thanks for his tenacity and hard work during the course of this investigation.”
Brandon Haas, who Emma’s stepfather, was recently locked again after supposedly violating the condition of his bail. Kristie Haas remains in jail and didn’t guilty to the first indictment on Thursday.
[mugshots via the Delaware Department of Justice]
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