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Three arrested for Malden teen's death

MALDEN, Wash. - Three people have been arrested for the death and cover-up of a teen reported missing from Malden, Wash. on March 8.

Donavin Stapert, 17, was reported missing to law enforcement on March 8. Authorities believe he died on or about March 7 at a Malden home and his body was moved to an undisclosed location.

"I have cried for so many hours now. I just want to hold my baby," Donavin's mother, Crystal Ann Rothbart, said.

Three arrested for Malden teen's death

Rothbart lives in Oregon. She says five months ago Donavin moved to Malden, Washington, about 40 miles from Spokane, to live with his father.

Three people have been arrested in connection with Donavin's death and the subsequent cover-up of his death.

"He was the most gentle soul there is no reason anybody should have ever hurt him," Rothbart said.

James Ramson, 30, of Spokane was booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of Unlawful Disposal of Human Remains, Rendering Criminal Assistance and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Chastity Barkhuff, 38, of Malden was booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of Controlled Substance Homicide, Providing a Controlled Substance to Persons Under Age 18 and Rendering Criminal Assistance.

Acting on an arrest warrant from Whitman County, authorities in Missoula, MT arrested Bobby Bilderback, 44, of Malden at a home in Missoula Monday in connection with Donavin's death.

Donavin's mother wants her son to be remembered not for his death but for his kindness.

"He was loving and caring. He went out of his way to mow lawns for people. He would shovel snow for old people just to help," Rothbart said.