Felton woman indicted for murder in grandson’s death

Angela M. Mossinger

DOVER — A Felton woman was indicted on a first-degree murder charge this week in connection with the death of her 3-year-old grandson last fall.

Angela M. Mossinger (also known as Bingham) was arrested Sept. 27, after a deceased child in a decomposing state was found in the bedroom of her residence in the first block of Skinner Lane. She was 51 years old at the time.

The indictment returned by a Kent County grand jury listed the alleged murder of Rilan M. Everett as occurring on Sept. 18.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Ms. Mossinger allegedly told investigating police without being asked that she suffocated her grandson with a washcloth, and then tried to kill herself by taking pills, hanging and drinking bleach.

The child’s mother, who police said did not live at the residence, was told of the incident at her workplace.

At the time of arrest Delaware State Police said they were alerted to a report that Ms. Mossinger had called 911 indicating she wanted to harm herself and that she had killed her grandson the previous week.

Ms. Mossinger was located by a Felton police officer walking in the area of U.S. 13 and Reeves Crossing.

Police and Kent County Paramedics went to Ms. Mossinger’s residence, entered the home and found the child’s body in a state of decomposition.

Ms. Mossinger was transported by EMS to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, examined and then released to the State Police Homicide Unit. She was charged and then held at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle without bail.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science took the child’s body to conduct an autopsy and determine the cause of death.

On Friday the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security cited state law that DFS post-mortem reports “are investigative files that are exempt from the definition of a public record under [the Freedom of Information Act]” and not available to the public.

“Upon completion of any criminal investigation, the statute permits the release of reports to the next of kin,” the DSHS said.

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