Warren Wiedemann, a criminal investigator with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, describes a photo taken in the yard where two Licking brothers were allegedly playing under the supervision of their mother, Jennifer Bagley, before they went missing and drowned in August 2009. A coroner's jury found Bagley criminally negligent in their deaths. (File Photo)

The mother of two Licking brothers who drowned in August 2009 is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to Texas County Prosecutor Michael Anderson.

Jennifer Bagley, who was found criminally negligent earlier this month by a coroner’s jury, is charged in the deaths of Jesse James Bagley, 7, and his 4-year-old brother, Wyatt Earp Bagley.

As authorities fanned out Tuesday evening to find Bagley, they found her incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail, where she had been held since Monday on a charge of failure to appear for a probation review, according to online court records. A probation status hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. April 5. The state has not filed a motion to revoke it, according to records.

Bagley’s bond on the two Texas County counts is set at $250,000.

Anderson said Tuesday afternoon he plans to set a preliminary hearing date promptly on the involuntary manslaughter counts. At the coroner’s inquiry, jurors heard that the boys were playing under the supervision of their mother before they went missing and drowning. Authorities testified that Bagley appeared “indifferent” and “did not show a lot of concern” as the search that eventually involved as many as 300 people got under way. Both boys were later found in the Big Piney River a short distance from the family home.

 

 

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