Body found in freezer identified as missing 11-year-old girl


BRADENTON, Fla. – The body found in a freezer has been positively identified as Janiya Thomas, an 11-year-old Bradenton girl who had been missing for more than a year.

Prosecutors confirmed the girl’s identity during a court hearing Monday afternoon in the case of Janiya’s mother, 31-year-old Keishanna Thomas.

Still not revealed is what killed Janiya Thomas, or how long she has been dead.

A contempt of court charge against Thomas was dropped as a result of the positive identification. Last week, Thomas refused multiple times to speak to a judge in court about her daughter.

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Thomas was first brought before a judge Oct. 16 for refusing to tell Manatee County Sheriff’s child protective investigators of the child’s whereabouts. So far, Thomas has been charged with aggravated child abuse and abuse of a corpse. Other charges are likely after the medical examiner determines how the child died.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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