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Murder charges filed against mother who allegedly abandoned baby

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ~ Updated 10:56 AM

A warrant has been issued for a woman who allegedly abandoned her 18-month-old child early in July.

Lydia M. Iliff, 32, was charged Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Saline County Circuit Court with two counts of class A felony second-degree murder and one count of class C felony endangering the welfare of a child, according to a warrant released by Saline County Sheriff Wally George.

Iliff was charged in August with class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle.

The tampering charge came as a result of allegations that Iliff stole a pickup truck early in July. After the truck was found abandoned, area law enforcement officers sought Iliff for questioning. She was believed to be with her 18-month-old daughter. When she turned up at a rural Saline County home, disoriented and dehydrated, the child was not with her.

George initiated a late-night search with more than 70 volunteers, who quickly found the child's body near the Blackwater River in the southwest part of the county. An autopsy determined the child probably had died of dehydration and exposure.

Bond was set at $150,000 cash only. Iliff remains in custody on the tampering charge, according to Saline County sheriff's deputies.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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