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Fate of missing 16-month-old in Joplin is disputed

Fate of missing 16-month-old in Joplin is disputed

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UPDATED 1:45 p.m. with child's name not on list of missing

JOPLIN, Mo. • The fate of 16-month-old Skyular Logsdon remained unclear Thursday morning, officials said. The toddler has been missing since the tornado Sunday.

The Missouri Division of Public Safety released a list of more than 230 people still considered missing after Sunday's massive tornado; Skyular's name was not on it.

On Wednesday night, The Associated Press quoted the boy's mother, Carol Jo Tate, as confirming that Skyular was identified at the morgue handling tornado victims.

But other family members and Tate's boyfriend disputed this, saying Tate was only responding to what she had been told by the boy's father, Corderro Logsdon. Skyular's parents are no longer together and have an acrimonious relationship, family members said.

That Skyular was in the morgue, "that's what the dad said to her," Tate's boyfriend, Anthony Uitts, told the Post-Dispatch. "But we don't know if that's the truth or something to get attention."

Uitts was at Tate's bedside at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Kan. He said she was unable to speak with a reporter.

But Uitts' account was supported by Tate's family members. The boy's grandmother and his stepgrandfather said Tate had not independently verified Skyular's death.

Also Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reported that Skyular had been identified in the morgue by the boy's great-uncle. The Star attributed the information to the stepmother of the boy's uncle. They are both relatives of the boy's father.

But relatives of Skyular's mother told the Post-Dispatch that they had checked with disaster officials after hearing about the disputed accounts and "as far as we know, he's still missing," said stepgrandfather Rusty Burton.

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