The baby boy never got a name or much of a chance.
He came into the world in his parents' bedroom, struggled to breathe and then died of methamphetamine intoxication while his parents slept nearby. When they woke, the father said, he put the newborn's body in a blue plastic feed bucket he'd bought at a hardware store and filled the bucket with concrete.
Matthew and Krystal Scroggs of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, have been charged with second-degree murder and child endangerment.
The two, who remain at large, are also charged with child endangerment for their other four children after samples of the children's hair tested positive for methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Krystal Scroggs, 29, acknowledged to police that she used meth throughout her pregnancy and never sought prenatal care. Matthew Scroggs, 28, initially denied to police that his wife had been pregnant. But when asked what was inside the blue tub, he hung his head and said: "The baby."