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Motive sought in boy's starving death

FOREST, Miss. (AP) - Investigators in Scott County say they are

looking into whether money was a possible motive in the starvation

death of a 4-year-old boy.

Authorities say the grandmother and aunt of 4-year-old Austin

James Watkins are charged with murder and felony child abuse.

Sheriff Mike Lee says an autopsy shows Watkins, who was buried

Thursday, weighed only 19 pounds when he died Nov. 9.

Lee says the boy's paternal grandmother, 43-year-old Janice

Mowdy, and aunt, 22-year-old Stephanie Bell, were arrested

Wednesday. They have appeared before a judge and were ordered to

remain in the Scott County Jail without bond.

Lee says the boy's family members had an insurance policy on

him. He says the policy was kept stapled to a wall in the boy's

room.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

http://www.clarionledger.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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