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Capital murder in hoax kidnapping
Mother's charges increased
DA says boy suffered 'a very,
very slow and horrific death'

GADSDEN (AP) — The woman accused of staging her 5-year-old son's kidnapping to cover up his death was denied permission to attend the child's funeral as charges against her were increased to capital murder.

Services for Geontae Glass were held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Centre on Monday, the day his mother, Shalinda Glass, 25, was charged with capital murder. She had been held in the Etowah County jail at Gadsden on a charge of hindering prosecution.

Etowah County District Attorney Jimmy Harp said forensic evidence was partly behind the decision to charge her with a capital offense, which could bring a death sentence if convicted. He told The Gadsden Times that the boy, a kindergarten pupil, died "a very, very slow and horrific death."

Authorities have said they believe the boy suffered blows to his abdomen and back and died Dec. 2 or Dec. 3. According to investigators, his body was apparently buckled in the back seat of a car that his mother reported stolen on Dec. 4, triggering an Amber Alert search.

The child's body was found early Dec. 5 in the trunk of the car, which was hidden inside a garage at the Mountainboro home of her boyfriend, Kevin Andre Towles, 31. He also has been charged with capital murder. Authorities have said he apparently was the person who drove away in the car when the mother reported it stolen outside a convenience store in Albertville.

The mother and boyfriend are being held without bond.

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