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Woman indicted in death of child 17 years ago

By Staff
Jan. 1, 2002
The year 2001 saw what may be the beginning of the end of a 17-year-old case surrounding the unexplained death of 4-year-old Angela Schnoor.
Angela's mother, Debbie Boswell, had sought prosecution since her daughter died in 1984. A murder indictment was issued in July after Boswell persuaded state Attorney General Mike Moore to look into the case.
Answering to the murder charge was Peggy Sloan Starns, who was arrested at her Baton Rouge, La., home days after the indictment was handed down.
In 1984, Starns was married to Boswell's ex-husband, Michael Schnoor. During a visit to her father's home, Angela was found unconscious and not breathing. She was transported to a Meridian hospital where she was pronounced dead two days later.
Starns has since pleaded innocent and has returned to her Louisiana home, where she is free on $100,000 bond.