Convicted child killer pleads guilty to teen's slaying

Danny Rouse
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Logansport - A a convicted child killer has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a 16-year-old waitress he worked with at a northern Indiana restaurant.

Danny R. Rouse was charged with killing Stephanie Wagner, whose body was found in a Cass County farm field last Nov. 1. She had been strangled and stabbed.

Rouse worked as a dishwasher at the Indiana Head Restaurant in Winamac, where Wagner also worked.

Wagner's body was found near where officers discovered her abandoned car in her hometown of Royal Center.

Rouse was paroled in March 2006 after serving 26 years in prison in Kansas for the murder of a 5-year-old boy. He is to be sentenced Dec. 14 in Cass Superior Court.

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