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Football coach charged in 10-year-old Missouri girl's death as neighbors watch in horror

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    Lt. Robert Pitts holds the photo of Hailey Owens, 10, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Springfield, Mo. Woods was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at the home owned by Wood, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference. Official confirmation won't occur until after an autopsy, but Police Chief Paul Williams said "we have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification. He did not disclose the child's cause of death. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

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    This undated photo provided by Kansas Bureau of Investigation shows 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Craig Michael Wood was charged Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at the home owned by Wood, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference. Official confirmation won't occur until after an autopsy, but Police Chief Paul Williams said "we have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification. He did not disclose the child's cause of death. (AP Photo/Kansas Bureau of Investigation) (The Associated Press)

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    This photo provided by Greene County Sheriff's Office, Craig Michael Wood is shown. Wood was charged Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at the home owned by Wood, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference. Official confirmation won't occur until after an autopsy, but Police Chief Paul Williams said "we have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification. He did not disclose the child's cause of death. (AP Photo/Greene County Sheriff's Office) (The Associated Press)

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    Police and FBI agents investigate the scene where Craig Michael Wood was arrested in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Woods was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at the home owned by Wood, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference. Official confirmation won't occur until after an autopsy, but Police Chief Paul Williams said "we have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification. He did not disclose the child's cause of death. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

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    A truck is parked outside the home of Craig Michael Wood as police and FBI agents investigate the scene where Wood was arrested in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Woods was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at the home owned by Wood, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference. Official confirmation won't occur until after an autopsy, but Police Chief Paul Williams said "we have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification. He did not disclose the child's cause of death. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

Neighbors watched in horror as a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl was snatched off the street just blocks from her home.

Now authorities in Springfield believe they've found the girl's body, and prosecutors have charged a local seventh-grade football coach with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action.

In filing the charges Wednesday, prosecutors allege that 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood abducted Hailey Owens on Tuesday as she walked home from a friend's house.

A probable cause statement says the fourth-grader's body was found stuffed in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in the basement of Wood's home. Prosecutors say she was shot in the head.

Wood also worked as a teacher's aide at a Springfield Middle School. Police say he and Hailey apparently didn't know each other.

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