The search for an 8-year-old autistic girl reported missing in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on Sunday ended with the discovery of the girl’s body – and a murder charge against her friend. her mother’s life.
The cause of Nicole Amari Hall’s death is still unknown, but authorities say her mother’s claim that she disappeared early Sunday is entirely true, Dr.
Brittany Nicole Hall and her partner Celeste Owens used to live in a hotel with Hall’s three children and said the girl may have wandered off. Police have launched a frantic search effort to find her, asking the public to keep an eye out for a girl who matches her description, in a Tweety Bird jacket and blue and white pajamas. .
But on Tuesday morning, the child’s body was found in a wooded area about 15 miles from the hotel, according to Gwinnett County Sheriff J.D. McClure, who announced the end of the search during a news conference.
“It was extremely painful. It was extremely painful. We all have families and we realize the innocence of an 8-year-old,” McClure told reporters. “While we can’t bring her back, we can bring those responsible for her death to justice.”
“I cannot speculate as to why they reported her missing. But our investigation shows that Amari is not actually missing. Very early in the investigation, we started to suspect foul play,” he said.
The circumstances of her death are still unclear, with an autopsy expected to reveal exactly how she died. Hall’s partner, Owens, was charged Sunday — before the body was found — with six counts of first-degree cruelty to a child and lying to police. On Tuesday, murder, concealing a death and another count of child cruelty were added. Constitution of Atlanta-Journal.
Hall was arrested on Monday and charged with making false statements, making false statements about a crime and five counts of first-degree cruelty to a child. She is expected to be charged with concealing a body but not the murder of her daughter, the newspaper reported.
Hall is said to have immediately raised suspicions when he reported his daughter missing to the police. She made the call at 9:15 a.m. and said she last saw her daughter between midnight and 1 a.m. when she and Celeste went to bed. But authorities say they noticed an inconsistency in her story after police questioned her involvement.
“We compared the statements we received from Brittany Hall and also her partner, Celeste Owens,” McClure told reporters. “We compared those claims and realized they were indeed false.”
Hall’s other children, a 6-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, are in custody. It is not clear if crimes against children are linked to them. McClure said at least some of the allegations relate to an incident that happened at another hotel where the couple lived, but did not elaborate on how they determined that.
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