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Child murder charges dropped

First degree murder and child abuse charges have been dropped against a St. Louis woman whose child's body was found in a trash bin in 2011.

Thirty-year-old Melissa  Jackson was scheduled to go on trial on Monday in the death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell, who was found in a trash bin behind his home in May 2011. His mother pleaded not guilty to the charges.

She spent about 10 months in jail before being released on bail in March 2012.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that her attorney, Scott Rosenblum, received notice Monday that all charges were dropped. Susan Ryan, spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, would not explain why the charges were dropped.  

City police spokeswoman, Schron Jackson, informed the newspaper that an officer might have compromised the case by not sharing critical information with homicide detectives. Jackson says an Internal Affairs investigation will be initiated.

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