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  • Homeowner arrested in dead-baby drug case

  • A 59-year-old man from St. Elizabeth is the latest arrest stemming from an incident last week that led cops to the body of a dead infant found in a plastic container in the trunk of a car. Daniel R. Tellman Sr. was arrested late last week on a felony drug charge. Tellman is the owner of the home where five a...
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  •  A 59-year-old man from St. Elizabeth is the latest arrest stemming from an incident last week that led cops to the body of a dead infant found in a plastic container in the trunk of a car.
    Daniel R. Tellman Sr. was arrested late last week on a felony drug charge. Tellman is the owner of the home where five arrests were made when authorities conducting a search on the home discovered a non-operational methamphetamine lab, drugs and the infant’s body in a car parked in the garage.
    Several agencies went to the home at 740 Main Street in St. Elizabeth after receiving an anonymous tip Feb. 3. Officers were given consent to search the home, where they found marijuana and a substance that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
    There have been no reported arrests so far in connection with the infant’s death. The Miller County Sheriff’s Department has released little information.
    An autopsy was completed last week on the infant’s body, but it did not determine a cause of death. The infant showed no visible signs of abuse.
    Sheriff Bill Abbott could not be reached for comment Sunday.
    Several agencies were called in last week to assist in the investigation. It is unclear if those agencies are still involved.
    The five people living in the home were taken into custody on drug-related charges; each is being held on $500,000 bond.
    In custody are Emily S. Usnick, 33, of Eldon; John P. Pawelczak, 37, of St. Elizabeth; Belinda G. Voiles, 49, of St. Elizabeth; Candice M. Burns, 32, of Decaturville; and Victoria F. Stark, 48, of St. Elizabeth.
    Tellman was charged with Keeping or Maintaining A Public Nuisance and a felony drug charge.
    He has been released from the Miller County Jail.

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