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Forensic anthropologist's results match information about child, 5


February 17, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

What are believed to be the remains of Angel Hart, a child killed eight years ago by her mother's boyfriend, were determined to be those of a Caucasian child about Angel's age — 5 years old, a forensic anthropologist concluded Friday.

The forensic anthropologist made the determination after conducting an examination of the remains, county Coroner Investigator Gary Hayes said Friday.

The results match information local authorities have regarding Angel Hart, Hayes said, although the child's gender was indeterminate due to age.

Gary Christian of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1993 death of Angel, his girlfriend's daughter, and is serving a life sentence in a Missouri state prison.

Angel, also of Kansas City, was drowned in a tub of water by Christian, her mother's boyfriend, before being encased in concrete.


Christian, Angel's mother and Angel's four siblings later moved to El Cajon. Christian later admitted to taking the concrete tomb with them and dumping it in the desert near Winterhaven as they made their way west.

Angel's mother, Angela Melton, served 17 months for child endangerment and welfare fraud.

After the anthropologist made the determination on Friday, Hayes said officials are ready to move on to DNA testing.

The child was found February 3 in Winterhaven by visitors on a nature walk near Araz Road about one-half mile west of Quick Road.

Staff Writer Marcy Misner contributed to this story.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3441.

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