A Missouri woman and her husband were indicted Wednesday in the death of the woman’s biological 16-year-old daughter, after the remains of her 16-year-old daughter were found in a “burn pile” at the mother’s home — along with a meat grinder, bone fragments and dozens of bottles of lye, authorities said.

Rebecca Ruud, 39, and Robert Peat Jr., 31, are charged in the indictment with first-degree murder and an alternative count of child abuse resulting in the killing of Savannah Leckie, Fox News reports.

Savannah Leckie (Missing Children of Minnesota)

Ruud and Peat married last month, on the same day that fragments of Leckie’s bones were found in a “burn pile” on the couple’s rural property. Details of how she died have yet to be determined.

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed said that dental records were used to confirm that human remains found on the rural property in Theodosia belonged to Savannah Leckie. The teen had moved to the 81-acre farm from Minnesota nearly a year ago to be with her biological mother, Rebecca Ruud, KMSP reports.

“It is a horrible tragedy. This was a 16-year-old girl who was murdered,” Ozark County prosecutor John Garrabrant said. “I have been doing this for 27 years and I’ve never had a case like this.”

(Ozark County Jail)

Several searches of the property were conducted, including one on Aug. 4 that uncovered human bone fragments in a field about 400 yards from the home. Reed said Ruud and Peat “got antsy” because an anthropologist was sifting through the ashes and left, saying they were going to get legal counsel. They got married and stopped by the public defender’s office in a neighboring county seeking representation, even though they hadn’t been charged or questioned.

Reed said he thinks they married so they couldn’t’ be forced to testify against one another, although that privilege doesn’t apply when the victim is younger than 18.

Leckie-Montague, who lives in the Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights, told authorities that Ruud “continually complained” about how Savannah acted on the farm and the time and money it took to care for the girl, according to the probable cause statement.

Ruud’s ex-boyfriend, Buddy Smart, told investigators he had seen her discipline Savannah by forcing her to crawl through a hog pen and making her to bathe in a pond, the affidavit states. Ruud acknowledged that was true and told investigators that when Savannah cut her arm “in a suicidal gesture,” she forced the girl to scrub the wound daily with alcohol and salt as punishment.

Ruud was arrested at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield on Aug. 21. Reed said Ruud was a flight risk who has connections with “people who can hide her out.”

“I’m telling you it’s a bizarre case,” Reed said.

Besides the murder counts, the couple also is facing charges of tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse. They are being held without bond. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

Let’s hope these 2 evil scumbags get sentenced to death.

Rest in peace young girl.

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