Mother charged with death of 4-year-old girl after remains found in northwest Charlotte home, police say – WSOC TV
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A mother was charged on Friday with the death of her 4-year-old daughter at a home in northwest Charlotte, police said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said they were investigating reports that a child had not been seen for several months and had received several tips that foul play could have been involved.
Detectives attended a house on Braden Drive near the Capps Hill mine where they recovered human remains believed to belong to the missing 4-year-old, authorities said. His identity has not been revealed at this point.
The Chopper 9 flew over the scene on Friday afternoon and saw a large area around a house roped up with crime scene tape.
The CMPD brought in some dead dogs during the search. It is not known if this is how the authorities found the girl’s body.
Investigators said they interviewed several people who attended police headquarters, including the child’s mother, Malikah Diane Bennett, 31.
After questioning, police charged Bennett with child abuse, bodily harm, the felony of concealing a death and first degree murder.
The police did not say when the child died or what happened.
A few neighbors and school staff who knew the family immediately started building a memorial for the child.
“It’s a really bad situation,” said Lashonda Alexander, a teacher who knows the family at home.
It is an ongoing investigation. Come back with wsoctv.com for updates.