The search for a 2-year-old girl who has been missing since January has come to a tragic end, with law enforcement confirming that the body of young Oaklee Mae Snow was found stuffed in a dresser drawer in an abandoned building in Indiana.
The toddler’s mother, Madison Marshall, and her boyfriend, Roan Waters, were arrested this week and charged in connection with the child’s brutal death, officials said.
Waters has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of neglect of a relative resulting in death, one count of neglect of a relative resulting in serious injury and five additional counts of neglect of a relative resulting in death.
Marshall faces the same charges, but instead of murder, she was charged with two counts of assisting a criminal.
Oaklee’s father, Zachary Snow, reportedly told investigators with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office that Marshall and Waters took the children from his home in Oklahoma on Jan. 19 without permission before fleeing to Indiana to live with Waters’ mother.
Coleton Snow, Zachary Snow and Marshall’s 7-month-old son, was abducted along with his older sister and abandoned by Marshall and Waters in a “trap house,” authorities said. He was later found and reunited with his father.
Waters was arrested in March in Colorado on an outstanding warrant, while Marshall was taken into custody earlier this month for leaving Coleton, authorities said. But Oaklee was nowhere to be found.
A probable cause statement obtained by Law&Crime reveals the disturbing torture and horrific abuse young Oaklee allegedly suffered, particularly at the hands of Waters, who eventually took her life.
According to the document, Marshall told investigators that Water would regularly “whack” Oaklee as a form of discipline for any perceived misbehavior, including “holding a fork wrongly,” urinating in her diaper and many other behaviors common to toddlers. On several occasions he also allegedly had to “choke her out.”
Marshall told investigators that Oaklee had stopped eating around Waters because “he would regularly become aggressive with her when she would not eat at the pace he wanted her to,” police said.
On February 9, 2023, Marshall said she heard Waters in the living room repeatedly yelling at Oaklee to jump on an inflatable rubber ball with a handle attached to it. After the “fifth and loudest time he yelled at her, Marshall went in to check on them and said she saw Waters “standing over Oaklee as she sat trying to bounce on the ball.”
Waters then sat down on the sofa and Marshall returned to the kitchen.
A few minutes later, she said she heard Waters screaming at her, saying she had “never heard [him] sounds like that before.”
“She met him in the hallway holding Oaklee in his arms. She saw that Oaklee was not moving. R. Waters kept repeating without prompting that he ‘didn’t do anything’ and that ‘it wasn’t [his] fault,” the statement said. “He initially refused to let Marshall take Oaklee from him and stripped her of her clothes. Marshall could see Oaklee’s abdomen and chest cavity distending as if she was trying to breathe. However, she observed what appeared to be a mixture of blood and saliva dripping from her mouth as she tried to exhale, making a gurgling sound. Oaklee’s eyes remained closed all this time.”
Marshall said Waters refused to let her call 911. Instead, he wrapped the child in a blanket and put her in the back of his car with Marshall, according to the affidavit. Marshall reportedly said she opened the blanket to check on her daughter and found Oaklee had stopped trying to breathe and her lips had turned blue.
“Marshall felt her skin, which now seemed cool to the touch. She also could no longer feel a heartbeat when she held her,” the document says. “Marshall pulled back Oaklee’s eyelids to examine her further, but saw no movement or response in them. She held Oaklee’s hand before finally climbing into the front seat next to R. Waters.”
According to Marshall, they drove to an abandoned home in another town. She said Waters took Oaklee’s body out of the car, entered the home through a window and came out a short time later.
Marshall led police to the home, where they found Oaklee’s decomposed body in the bottom drawer of the dresser. Police said her left leg had been “obviously broken at the knee, with the left foot resting directly over her chest.”
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears released a statement about the case Wednesday:
“As parents, we have a duty to protect our children. Not only did these two individuals fail to live up to that responsibility, but the allegations in the probable cause statement indicate that Oaklee suffered a horrific death and abandonment that detracted from the dignity that every child deserves,” he said. “I want to thank the many law enforcement agencies and our prosecutors who worked tirelessly to find this child and seek justice on her behalf.”
Marshall appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge set her bond at $200,000.
Waters has yet to make his first court appearance.
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