Athena Brownfield, 4, whose body was discovered in Oklahoma earlier this month, was positively identified. According to police, Brownfield was beaten to death by a caretaker on Christmas. The state’s chief medical examiner confirmed the identity on social media on Thursday, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
When a postal worker discovered the child’s 5-year-old sister alone outside the house where she shared a residence with Ivon Adams III and his wife, Alysia Adams, the girl was reported missing on January 10, the couple had been taking care of the sisters in Cyril, a town of roughly 800 people located about 110 kilometers (70 miles) southwest of Oklahoma City.
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Ivon Adams, 36, was taken into custody in Arizona and sent back to Oklahoma after being accused of murder and child neglect. Ivon Adams is charged with murdering the young girl on the night of December 25 and burying her on property he and his wife had owned close to Rush Springs, where investigators discovered the child’s body. The reason Ivon Adams was abusing the girl is not stated in the affidavit.
In this case, two counts of child neglect are brought against Alysia Adams, 31. According to the agency, the search had turned into a “recovery operation,” and its agents had found the girl’s body on January 17. An exceptionally trained ground team, a helicopter, boats, all-terrain vehicles, and a review of nearby security footage were all used in the search.
Due to a gag order filed in Caddo County District Court, the agency stated that it would not have further comments on the case. In the case involving Alysia Adams, the defendant’s court-appointed attorney submitted the request for the order.