Donald Leroy Evans, who claims he has killed dozens of people since 1977, was charged with murder Friday in the slaying of a homeless 10-year-old girl, authorities said.

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The girl's mother, Tammy Giles Routh, was charged with being an accessory to sexual battery, Harrison County prosecutor Robert Payne said. "The investigation revealed that the mother permitted this child to go with Donald Leroy Evans with full knowledge that sexual activity was to take place between him and the child," Payne said.The child, Beatrice Louise Routh, was last seen alive Aug. 1 at a Gulfport beach. Her mother said she let her go with Evans to the supermarket after meeting him earlier in the day. Routh called police two hours later when they failed to return.

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