A MISSING toddler has been found dead in a dresser drawer as court documents reveal the disturbing abuse the child was subjected to at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend and her final hours.
Authorities believe Oaklee Snow, 1, of Cromwell, Oklahoma, was murdered just a month before her second birthday after remains were found in an abandoned cabin.
Oaklee’s mother Madison Marshall and Marshall’s boyfriend Roan Waters were charged Wednesday for their alleged role in the child’s disappearance and death.
Waters had physically abused Okalee in the past, court documents allege.
He allegedly frequently “roared at” or “beat up” the child and occasionally “gagged” the child, court documents say.
In January, Oaklee’s father, Zachary Snow, reported the toddler missing after Marshall fled to Indianapolis, Indiana with his daughter, seven-month-old son Coleton, and Waters.
Marshall and Waters left Coleton at a home in Indianapolis on February 9 and then flew to Colorado.
Police arrested Waters in Colorado on March 3 and then Marshall in North Carolina on March 23 – but Okalee was nowhere to be found.
On April 21, authorities made a horrifying discovery at an abandoned lot in Morgantown, Indiana.
“It’s a very rural area,” said Marion County Attorney Ryan Mears. “Calling it a house is probably a stretch. It’s just an abandoned structure.”
Investigators believe they have found Oaklee’s remains. “It was found in a dresser,” Mears said.
However, the Morgan County Coroner’s Office has yet to confirm the remains belonged to Oaklee based on the state of decomposition – and said it could take two to four weeks.
Oaklee would be abused by Waters for just acting like a kid.
“This included reasons for her crying, urinating in her diaper, ‘holding a fork the wrong way’ and other behaviors common in an infant,” court documents say.
The court documents detail what happened on the day they believe Oaklee was murdered – February 9th.
That morning, the couple woke up with Oaklee crying from hunger, according to court documents.
Waters was so agitated by the “crying that he ‘threw’ the toddler to the ground, causing a red bump to form over her right eye.
Waters then began yelling at Oaklee and “specifically ordering her to bounce on her bouncy ball.”
Marshall said this was difficult for Oaklee because she was so small.
“Water’s voice kept getting louder and angrier as he told her to bounce,” the court papers said.
Marshall told police that Waters yelled after her twice about 10 minutes later.
Marshall ran into the hallway and found Waters holding Oaklee in his arms with his eyes closed.
“A mixture of blood and saliva dripped from her mouth as she tried to exhale,” court documents say.
Waters put Oaklee in the bathtub and attempted to douse her with cold water to wake her up, according to court documents.
Marshall tried to call the police, but Waters knocked the phone out of her hand, doctors say.
Waters wrapped Okalee in a blanket, drove to the abandoned building where police believe her remains were found, and left her there, the documents say.
According to the documents, “Waters instructed [Marshall] that their alibi was that they left Oaklee in a hospital.”
A close family friend told KFOR they were “heartbroken” by Oaklee’s death.
“We are deaf and speechless. Nothing can explain the pain felt by family and loved ones at this time.
“We will always carry Oaklee in our hearts for the rest of our lives. She didn’t deserve this and we seek justice for Oaklee.
“Please continue to pray for her family and loved ones. This is a nightmare that we will unfortunately not wake up from.”
Waters faces multiple charges including murder. Marshall also has multiple charges against her, including two counts of neglect of a loved one resulting in death and aiding and abetting a criminal.
The US Sun reached out to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for comment.