UPDATE:  03/22/18 4 p.m.The infant child who is the subject of a death investigation by Missouri Highway Patrol has been identified. 

Sgt. Eric Brown with Highway Patrol indicated 2-month-old Sophia Linebaugh of Rothville died Sunday, March 18 at her residence.  Law enforcement is still awaiting the results of an autopsy.  The investigation into possible cause of death is ongoing. 

UPDATE: 03/19/2018 8:51:58 p.m.- The Chariton County Sheriff’s Office has requested the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control for a death investigation involving an unidentified two-month-old child.

A spokesperson for the MSHP has confirmed that upon arrival this morning authorities found a deceased two-month-old child at the residence. Authorities were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence and an autopsy has said to be scheduled.

Due to the nature of the investigation further details cannot be released at this time.


CHARITON COUNTY, Mo. — KMZU News has confirmed reports of increased law enforcement presence in Rothville, in northwest Chariton County.

A spokesperson for the Missouri Highway Patrol said that law enforcement and emergency personnel are currently at the scene in the 300 block of Main Street in Rothville.

The Highway Patrol would not confirm reports of a person suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, only that an incident took place around 10:00 a.m. Monday.

Officials are stressing that there is no danger to anyone in the area and officers are not searching for any suspects.

The Chariton County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation with assistance from the Highway Patrol. Drivers in the area should avoid the scene if possible.

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