Woman Arrested As Police Dig For Buried Fetus
A West Siloam Springs, Okla., woman is behind bars while authorities search for the remains of a possible buried fetus in Delaware County.
Investigators are searching for human remains in the yard of a West Siloam Springs home, but have found nothing yet, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Stacy Leigh Belt, 32, was arrested and booked into the Delaware County jail on suspicion of three counts of child neglect, according to state police. Belt lives at the home where police are searching.
“I had no idea that this kind of thing was going on, kind of heartbreaking actually,” said Charlie Rippey, neighbor.
“This breaks my heart,” said his wife Shannae Rippey.
The West Siloam Springs Police Department requested the bureau’s assistance Monday night concerning an investigation into a possible fetus being buried at 764 Serenity Drive, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The investigation extended into Tuesday.
Neighbors say they’re concerned their small corner of Delaware county is the center of a major police investigation.
“Even in a big city this is just horrible, especially something small like this, you just don’t think something like that is going on,” Rippey said.
Tuesday’s search ended at about 5:30 p.m., with investigators yet to discover any human remains. Crews plan to be back on the scene Wednesday afternoon with police dogs to continue the search, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
A neighbor told 5NEWS Belt has three daughters might be between the ages of 4 and 10.
Belt often references being a mother on her Facebook page. In an August entry, she states, “I HAVE FAILED IN EVERY WAY, AS A MOTHER, A PARTNER, AN EMPLOYEE, A FRIEND. I CAUSE PAIN TO EVERYONE AROUND ME.”
Members of a closed Facebook group based in Siloam Springs said Belt recently approached the group looking for baby gear for her soon-to-be son.
“My lil guy is 7 days overdue,” Belt states in a Feb. 2 post in the group.
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