Harrisonville, MO–The baby in the cooler was wrapped in a blue blanket…clothed in dark blue pants, a blue turtle neck, white socks, and a stocking cap. There was a stuffed teddy bear and a toy car alongside him in his makeshift coffin. Another cooler, sealed with silicone, held yet another tiny body, this one wrapped in a thin blanket. There is another cooler, buried somewhere in Oklahoma, that holds yet another dead baby. The babies were fathered by their own grandfather, Danial Rinehart.
The abuse began in 2003. Rinehart began raping his 13-year-old daughter. She gave birth to her first child on March 24, 2004; she was 15-year-old. The baby girl died on July 8, 2004. The teen, her sisters, and her mother placed the baby into a cooler, sealed the lid, and buried the child in Oklahoma.
The family moved to Harrisonville in 2005. The teen gave birth again on August 2, 2005. The baby was born in a pickup truck…Danial and Linda delivered that child, Linda cut the umbilical cord. That child is still alive.
Another baby was born on November 17, 2006…another boy. Danial and Linda again assisted in the delivery. According to a probable cause statement, the baby boy became ill and died of pneumonia on February 28, 2007. No one sought medical attention for the child. The teen dressed the child, left a teddy bear and a toy car in the cooler, and sealed the lid. The teen and Danial dug a hole in the garage floor and buried the baby.
And again, the teen gave birth to yet another child on April 8, 2008…this time in a camper on the family’s property. Danial told the teen that the baby was stillborn. She wrapped it up, put it in a cooler, and put it in the garage near it’s sibling.
In October, the family’s secrets began to emerge when one of the suspect’s daughters told police that her sister was being molested by their father and had birthed four of his children. She also told authorities where they could find two of the bodies.
Authorities arrived at the home with cadaver dogs on October 15, 2008. The dogs hit on a scent under a work bench, but a dig in that area revealed nothing. The teen later admitting to moving both of the bodies after her mother told her that investigators were headed to the property. Both babies were moved to a different garage. The property was sold and the Rinehart’s moved on.
On January 1, 2009, investigators received another call. The new owners of the property had found two coolers…a large blue one and a small maroon one. Both containers contained the remains of a child. On Wednesday, January 21, the Cass County sheriff’s office put out a news release asking for the public’s help finding Danial Rinehart.
A tip led authorities to rural Daviess County, about 100 miles north of Harrisonville. About 10 p.m. Wednesday, Daviess County deputies went to the mobile home where authorities now think Danial Rinehart, his daughter, and her 3-year-old son had holed up for at least two weeks. The trailer was surrounded. Danial Rinehart was arrested. The 3-year-old, the one child that lived, was taken into state custody.
On Friday, Danial Rinehart, 47, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, statutory rape, two counts of incest and two counts of accessory abandonment of a corpse. Further charges are pending. (He is being charged with second-degree murder in the death of the third child, for failing to seek medical attention). Danial admitted to the sexual abuse and told authorities that his daughter had given birth to four children, ‘two of which he was sure were his.’ He is being held on $500,000 cash only bond.
Linda Rinehart, 47, faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child. I hope to gawd that there are more charges on the way. She knew her husband was raping her child. Her husband was shacked up with their daughter, not her. She assisted in the deliveries of her own goddamn grandchildren. She was fully aware of the dead children. For fucks sake! In a vomit inducing statement, Linda told authorities that she was ‘jealous of the close relationship Danial had with her daughter.’ When asked why she didn’t leave? ‘Because I’m not good enough for anyone else.’ And…the mother of four daughters stated ‘she wanted a son so bad that even if her husband fathered the child with her daughter, she was willing to accept it. Oh. My. Gawd. She is already out on $10,000 bond.
Other family members claim to have no idea what was going on. They never knew about any babies. Danial kept the family on the move. None of the Rinehart’s four daughters ever attended school. The family lived in fear of Danial…they were told that if they ever opened their mouth, they’d be dead. As far as Linda is concerned, she was no longer living with Danial, she was more or less out on her own, and yet, she said nothing. Not a fuckin’ word. She wasn’t scared of him…bitch wasn’t even in denial. She just wanted a son. Fuck you both. Rot.