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Mother charged in death of 4-year-old daughter after remains found at northwest Charlotte home, police say – WSOC TV


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A mother has been charged Friday for 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 in several months, and had received several tips that foul play may have been involved.

Detectives went to a home on Braden Drive near Capps Hill Mine where they recovered human remains believed to belong to the missing 4-year-old, authorities said. Her identity has not been released at this point.

Chopper 9 flew over the scene Friday afternoon and saw a large area around a home roped off with crime scene tape.

CMPD brought in cadaver dogs during the search. It is unknown if that is how authorities found the girl’s body.

Investigators said they interviewed several people who came to police headquarters, including the child’s mother, 31-year-old Malikah Diane Bennett.

After the interview, police charged Bennett with felony child abuse, inflicting physical injury, felony concealing a death and first-degree murder.

Police have not said when the child died or what happened.

A few of the neighbors and school staff who knew the family immediately started building a memorial for the child.

“It’s really a bad situation,” said Lashonda Alexander, a teacher who knows the family at the home.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.



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