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A couple put their baby’s body in a bucket of tar before hiding it in a shed, police claim.
Roland, 42, and Donna Grabowski, 41, from Princeton in Texas, the US, said they woke up on the morning of July 29 to find their child had died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in her bed.
Police were called to their house on Saturday morning after reports of “suspicious circumstances”, but the couple weren’t in.
Cops tracked them down in Dallas, and the pair allegedly told officials Micah was staying with friends.
One intercepted text to a pal read: “I need you to say your baby is ours. Quick in and out. They just need to see.”
Investigators searched their home again and found the child submerged in the five-gallon bucket of tar, WFAA reports.
Colin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said: “There was an attempt to deceive us as to what had happened and the whereabouts of their child Micah.
“It's tragic and it's sad enough every time we have the death of an infant but its absolutely reprehensible when you lie and you deceive investigators as to the location of the body.”
He added: “I’ve been in this business over 30 years and I've seen a lot of crazy things but this is the first time I've found a dead infant in a bucket of tar…and hopefully the last.”
Roland Grabowski, who is listed as a registered sex offender in the state’s registry, has been charged with child endangerment, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence with an intent to impair a human corpse.
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His wife Donna Grabowski is facing the same counts, as well as tampering with physical evidence.
More charges against the couple are expected, sheriff officials said.
An autopsy to determine the child’s cause of death is still pending.
Roland Grabowski was convicted in 2008 of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
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His victims were 12 and 14 years old and the offences took place in September 1995 and October 1996, the Dallas Morning News reports.
He was jailed for two years and released in May 2009.
Grabowski was arrested the year afterwards when he failed to register as a sex offender.
Cops tried to verify a later address but the property was empty, and he was sentenced to a further five years in prison for these offences in 2011.
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