Mother of Mich. girl found in storage charged

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Date: 2009-04-24


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The adoptive mother of a 9-year-old quadriplegic Michigan girl whose body was found stuffed in a storage bin has been charged with murder.

Lorrie Thomas is expected to be arraigned in a Flint courtroom later Friday on five charges, including second-degree murder, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

The 39-year-old Thomas has been in custody since Wednesday, when investigators found Shylea Myza Thomas's body in a black trash bag, stuffed into a plastic bin with mothballs and locked in a storage unit near Flint.

Shylea had been taken out of school in January, and relatives told state officials they had not seen her in six weeks.


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