Another executive at a Clayton-based company that sold prearranged funeral services admitted to being a part of a massive fraud scheme.
Randall Sutton was the ex-president of National Prearranged Services and one of six top officials who was named in a $600 million criminal case. Sutton pleaded guilty to four felony charges and faces up to 7 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.
Sutton is the fourth defendant in the case to plead guilty and the last two defendants are slated to appear in court August 5.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.
Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
The legislation will permit parents up to 45 days instead of the current five days to give up their babies. And starting in 2014, screening for critical congenital heart disease will be required for infants.
Another newly signed bill seeks to close a loophole for child abuse reporting. Mandatory reporters suspecting child abuse or neglect currently must "immediately report" or "cause a report to be made." That means reporters can pass the information to another person in their organization. Information will now go directly to state officials.
The 22-year-old mother, accused of breaking her 11-week-old child's arm, is due in court Tuesday.
Alison Honkomp of Florissant faces assault charges connected to the incident last month. Honkomp remains jailed on a $10,000 bond.