Police return to Leekin home with radar

Date: 2009-02-25
Source: wptv.com

Bryan Garner

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL -- Port St. Lucie police plan to return to three properties today once owned by convicted child abuser Judith Leekin.

They will use ground penetrating radar to search the properties.  Police are responding to an anonymous tip that the body of a missing child may be buried around one of the homes.

Last week police used cadaver dogs to search the properties, but found no traces of a body.

In 2007, Leekin was arrested when police found her holding 11 foster children in her Port St. Lucie home.  The children had been abused and neglected and rarely allowed outside.

One of the children, a boy with Down's syndrome named Shane "Moo" Graham, was never located.  Police say he's been missing for nearly 10 years.

Earlier this month a judge sentenced Leekin to 20 years in prison for the abuse.

Police say if the do discover the body of the missing child, it will be a challenge to make a murder case against Leekin.

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