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DRUG ARRESTS: Slain Child’s Mother Jailed

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The mother of one of the eastern Iowa girls who was kidnapped in 2012 and found dead months later has been arrested on several drug-related charges.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Misty Morrissey was arrested Monday in West Union after a search warrant was served at her home. Also arrested was 25-year-old Todd Henriksen.

Investigators say they found methamphetamine and marijuana in the home. They also located a large amount of cash, digital scales, packaging, and other evidence of a distribution operation.

Morrissey is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, ongoing criminal conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

1_mug_Henricksen_ToddHenriksen is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He could spend 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Investigators say more arrests could be made in the case.

Morrissey is the mother of Lyric Cook. Cook, along with cousin Elizabeth Collins, was kidnapped from Evansdale in July of 2012. Their bodies were found months later in a wildlife area in Bremer County. No arrests have been made in their deaths.

Dan Morrissey, Lyric’s father, was sentenced in September to 90 years in prison on multiple drug convictions.

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