8-year-old found dead in home to be laid to rest Saturday

CHRISTOPHER, IL (KFVS) - Saturday family and friends will gather to bid a final farewell to an eight-year-old girl found dead inside a West Frankfort home.

Funeral services for Alexus Smothers are set for this morning in Christopher. visitation will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Light the Way Christian Fellowship Church in Christopher on Saturday, July 23.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.

The girl's mother, Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin, is charged with concealment of a homicidal death and obstructing justice.

Authorities say Zumwalt-Jophlin lied to police, initially saying the little girl was missing.

Investigators are waiting for autopsy results to determine an exact cause of death.

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