Missing Fort Wayne, Ind., girl Aliahna Lemmon has been found, but tragically, not alive. Babysitter Mike Plumadore has been charged with her murder.
The 39-year-old who was babysitting her when she went missing appeared in an Indiana courtroom Tuesday, charged with murdering the 9-year-old.
“It was a horrific crime," Allen County, Ind., Sheriff Ken Fries told reporters after the body's discovery. "Probably worse than you can imagine."
Mike Plumadore, a family friend, was "interviewed by police and taken into custody at 9 p.m. Monday and charged with murder" in Lemmon's death.
About 15 registered sex offenders reside at the 24-unit mobile home park the girl lived at, which the FBI searched Monday following the girl's vanishing.
Plumadore is not listed on Indiana's registered sex offenders list, though he has past convictions in Florida and North Carolina for trespassing and assault.Plumadore told The Journal Gazette newspaper that he last saw Aliahna at about 6 a.m. Friday, took a nap, and woke up at about 10 a.m. to find her gone.
Plumadore said that the other two girls, both 6, said Aliahna had left with her mother, Tarah Souder; he said he and Souder didn't speak until about 8:30 p.m.
Souder said she left Aliahna and her two other daughters with Plumadore because she was suffering from the flu. What a tragic, sickening story. R.I.P.