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Body of child is found in bayou during search for two-year-old girl one day after she went missing from playground where she had been left alone by her mother as police launch murder investigation

Police in Houston are waiting to learn whether the body of a girl who was found in a bayou was that of a two-year-old who had been reported missing by her family over the weekend.
Authorities suspect foul play was involved in the death and are approaching the case as a murder investigation, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Acevedo said on Sunday that there is a high probability the body is that of Maliyah Bass, who went missing on Saturday as she played alone in her apartment complex's playground while her mother was at home cooking breakfast.
Maliyah Bass, two, went missing on Saturday morning while left alone outside her family's home in Houston
An Amber Alert for her was issued on Sunday
Maliyah Bass, two, went missing on Saturday morning while left alone outside her family's home in Houston. An Amber Alert for her was issued on Sunday 
A jogger on Sunday found a child's body in Brays Bayou, which is located about 17 miles west of Maliyah's home
A jogger on Sunday found a child's body in Brays Bayou, which is located about 17 miles west of Maliyah's home 

A jogger spotted the child's body in Brays Bayou in an area southeast of the University of Houston that is about 17 miles west of Maliyah's family's home. 
The bayou runs within a mile of the apartment complex, police said. A water rescue team with the Houston Fire Department pulled the body from the bayou.
The case began unfolding at around 9.30am on Saturday, when Maliyah, known to her loved ones as 'Tootie,' was last seen at her family's apartment complex playground in the 10600 block of Beechnut Street, wearing a black tank top with multi-colored polka dots paired with the matching pants and a pair of blue shoes, reported KTRK. She was carrying a pink and white pillowcase containing letter blocks.
The girl's mother, Sahara Erving, and the woman's boyfriend, Travion Thompson, were inside their apartment at the time. When they went outside to check on Maliyah, the toddler was gone.
Neighbors spent hours going door-to-door looking for the missing child on Saturday. Early Sunday, an Amber Alert was issued for Maliyah.
At around 11am on Sunday, a female jogger called 911, telling police she spotted a body in the bayou.
The Houston Fire Department water rescue team responded to the scene and pulled the body of a child out of the water, reported KPRC2. It was then sent to the medical examiner's officer for an autopsy.
Maliyah vanished after being left alone on this playground at the Sunset Crossing Apartments
Maliyah vanished after being left alone on this playground at the Sunset Crossing Apartments
Mom Sahara Erving
Boyfriend Travion Thompson
The girl's mother, Sahara Erving (left), and her boyfriend, Travion Thompson (right), sobbed after learning of the recovery of the child's body  
Neighbors were enraged at the couple for leaving the two-year-old girl without supervision outside
Neighbors were enraged at the couple for leaving the two-year-old girl without supervision outside 
'It's my best friend,' Erving tearfully told KPRC of her young daughter after learning of the tragic discovery. 'I'm so sorry...they should have took [sic] me.' 
Her boyfriend said through sobs that he treated Maliyah like his own daughter. 
'It takes a little mistake...in a blink of an eye my baby was gone,' Thomson said. 'And I feel like it's my fault because I wasn't watching her at the park. I was sitting playing a game.' 
Houston community activist Quanell X on Monday visited with Maliyah's family and said he was left with a lot of unanswered questions. 
'Who kidnapped the child? Was she ever kidnapped? We don’t know yet but it doesn’t pass the smell test,' he said. 'No responsible parent would leave their child on the playground like that for 5 minutes knowing it’s a high crime area and shut the door behind them.'
Police say there is a high probability that the body recovered on Sunday is that of Maliyah
Police say there is a high probability that the body recovered on Sunday is that of Maliyah
Quanell X also revealed to Fox 26 that the night before Maliyah's disappearance, Erving and Thompson had gone to a store, allegedly leaving the two-year-old alone inside their apartment.   
He described the living conditions inside the home as 'rough.'
Meanwhile, neighbors at the Sunset Crossing Apartments exploded with rage, seeing Erving and Thompson arriving home on Monday.  
'That hurts me so bad because I feel like they were emotionless,' said Myocya Barnes, who helped search for Maliyah on Saturday. 'They were emotionless while people out here and in this neighborhood are crying tears for to you.'
Police Chief Acevedo has vowed to bring the person or people responsible for Maliyah's suspected death to account. 
'We're going to catch them,' he said during a Monday press briefing. 'We're going to find them, and we're going to charge them.' 

1 comment:

  1. Low wattage knuckle draggers. Leave a two year old unattended? They should be sterilized with rusty tools for their crime.

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