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EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - The mother of a 7-year-old southern Illinois girl who authorities say was stabbed to death by an uncle made her first court appearance.
The Effingham Daily News reports 26-year-old Ciara DeRyke of Watson was granted a public defender Tuesday in Effingham County. She faces a misdemeanor obstruction count alleging she lied to authorities.
Authorities say DeRyke claimed to have last seen daughter Willow Long alive in their home the morning of Sept. 8. But the girl was already dead, her body found the next day near a river.
State's Attorney Bryan Kibler says DeRyke wasn't involved in the killing or efforts to conceal it. He alleges she lied to make her appear to be a better mother, covering up that she was out the night of the killing.
Keith Conway, the former mayor of Kinloch, find himself in a courtroom again.
Conway is charged with falsifying his employment records while staying at a halfway house. He was staying at the halfway house after serving 21 months for using city money to pay for personal expenses, including buying a condo in Florida. As part of conditions for full release from the bureau of prisons, Conway was to obtain full time employment.
Court documents allege that Conway submitted false paycheck stubs to officials. He faces a five year sentence if convicted of lying.