Two-year-old girl missing for several days in Michigan found dead
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Authorities reported that The body of a two-year-old girl from Michigan, who had been missing for several days, was found in Detroit Wednesday night.
Lansing police said the find came days after a man suspected of her disappearance was arrested on other charges.
Wynter Cole-Smith, 2, who was reported missing in Lansing on Sunday, was found by a federal search team at around 6:50 p.m. near Coleman A. Young International Airport.
“This investigation went from being a missing child case to a homicide investigation,” Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee said in a brief news conference reported by NBC News.
"At this time, our hearts go out to the Wynter Cole-Smith family," he said.
Wynter is reported missing after her mother was physically assaulted by an ex-boyfriend in her apartmentaccording to the FBI.
The woman fled the apartment to get help and call authorities, but Wynter was not there when officers arrived at the apartment.
Wynter's mother, who was not identified, had multiple stab wounds and has since been released from the hospital, according to the Lansing Police Department.
Wynter's brother, who was also in the apartment, was uninjured, the FBI said.
The ex-boyfriend, Rashad Maleek Trice, is accused of stealing a white 2013 Chevrolet Impala and crashing it 90 miles away.
He was taken into custody after the crash and was being guarded by officers at a hospital, Sosebee said.
Trice, 26, has been charged with assault with intent to murder, trespassing in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment, second offense aggravated domestic violence, unlawful driving of a motor vehicle, criminal battery, and two counts of first criminal sexual assault. degree.
He is being held without bail following an arraignment Wednesday, according to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.
Trice is not Wynter's biological father, according to authorities.
At the end of June, the authorities reported that A Michigan woman was arrested after police broke down the door to her home and found her drowning her 2-year-old daughter in a bathtub.
The rescue occurred inside the woman's home in Albion, a town nearly 100 miles west of Detroit, the city's department of public safety said in a statement reported by NBC News.
The girl, who also he had stab wounds to his chest and throatcoughed up water and began to breathe after officers gave him CPR, authorities said.
Police said officials who arrived on the scene believe that both the 2-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother, who also had stab wounds, swallowed cleaning fluid.
The 35-year-old mother, who also appeared to have swallowed cleaning fluid, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to murder and child abuse.
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