HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (CBS/AP) A grim tale of child-murder and molestation is unfolding in a Cass County, Mo. courtroom, where Danial Rinehart faces charges of second-degree murder, incest, statutory rape, and child endangerment.
Rinehart’s 20-year-old daughter sobbed uncontrollably on the stand Monday as she told the jury how her father began molesting her at age five and impregnated her four times, the first when she was 14.
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