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Child remains believed found, parents arrested

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Jackson police are investigating the death of a child believed to be killed by his parents two years ago.

Wednesday officers and detectives searched the property of a Lee Street home where the remains were found.

The JPD Crime Scene Van left the house at 3685 Lee Street shortly before 6 p.m. after a day long investigation into the death of Keith Cassidy, Jr. who police say would have been five years old.

According to Jackson police, concerned family members informed them that the child had been missing.

He belonged to 39-year-old Keith Cassidy, Sr., who is serving a 22-year sentence at MDOC for drug possession and 31-year-old Kathleen H. Cassidy.

Detectives said she gave birth to five children, and one is missing.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she is friends with the family who had five children.

"I knew that family, but I don't want to comment.  That's all I can say, no comment, and I sympathize with whatever went on but no comment," said the unidentified Lee Street resident.

Police said they believe Keith junior was killed in 2008 when he was two years old.

They said his remains were placed in a metal barrel and burned.

Wednesday evening the crime scene van was back up to an aluminum shed on the property.

Investigators concentrated much of their search in the back of the home where they collected evidence.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said she received from police a small paper bag with what appear to be little pieces of bones.

She must now confirm if they are bones and if they are indeed human.

The coroner said there was no skull, and she received nothing in tact.

JPD Officer Colendula Green said Kathleen Cassidy was questioned at police headquarters Tuesday night then was arrested and charged with capital murder.

Authorities said the incarcerated father will also face capital murder charges.

No one at the home would comment.

According to Officer Green, the property owner said Kathleen Cassidy is still making rental payments and resides at the home

Green said the Cassidy's other four children are with relatives.

She is scheduled to make her initial appearance Thursday at 9 a.m. in Jackson Municipal Court.

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