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A Penn Hills Pennsylvania man Timothy Widman confessed in 1986 to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, Nicole Bryner, on March 9, 1982. The charges at the time were dropped because her remains could not be found.

The girl’s mother, Melody Childs later died but he maintained she could corroborate his story but she didn’t according to the Post-Gazette.

Melody Thomas Childs, who remarried illegally and relocated to Texas, was extradited in 1986 on charges of hindering apprehension and filing false reports. Without a body, prosecutors needed the mother’s corroboration to go forward with a case against the confessed killer, but she stuck to her story that Nicole was abducted and Mr. Widman refused to testify against her. County court documents indicate that in 1986 she pleaded guilty and received four years probation for filing a false police report and for one count of bigamy.

A 1988 Superior Court decision changed the law to state that someone could be presumed to be dead after being missing for seven years.

Update 06-03-07:

 In the plea bargain reached last week, Widman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison and is being given credit for the time he has already served.

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