Mother charged with concealing daughter's death
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — With her head down and hair covering her face, 28-year-old Mary Jophlin walked in the Franklin County courthouse, making her first appearance after West Frankfort police found the body of her 8-year-old daughter Alexus Smothers in the crawl space of her home.
The state's attorney says Jophlin concealed the death with knowledge Smothers was killed and placed her body under the house. She's also charged with obstructing justice.
The state said she reported her daughter missing while knowing where her body was.
Franklin County's State's Attorney Evan Owens said more charges are expected.
"This investigation is continuing. We anticipate it concluding in the next three to four weeks and we hope to have more charges in this matter," Owens said.
Visitation for Alexus Smothers will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Light of the Way Christian Fellowship Church in Christopher, Illinois. The funeral will follow at 11a.m.