- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

MANASSAS | A Manassas woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing her 13-year-old adopted daughter, whose body was found in a creek earlier this year.

Alfreedia Gregg-Glover stood before Judge Craig D. Johnston in Prince William County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to felony murder, felony child abuse and filing a false police report.

Police say Gregg-Glover lied when she told them her daughter Alexis “Lexie” Agyepong-Glover had run away in January. A massive search ensued, and two days later the girl’s body was found in a Woodbridge creek.

After the hearing, county Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert said there were many missteps, with authorities and social service workers failing to take immediate action and putting too much trust in the mother’s statements.

“It’s a true horror story what happened to Alexis,” he said. “I hope it will never happen again.”

Police said Gregg-Glover adopted the girl in December 2003. In the following years, officials received several neglect and abuse reports involving Alexis, including one in which school bus employees said the girl came to the bus stop last fall dressed in nothing but a diaper.

Prosecutors said Alexis had special needs and health problems. The girl began wearing a locator bracelet in March 2008 because she was known to run away from home. Mr. Ebert said “the question was why” she was running away. Alexis also was hospitalized for long periods between 2005 and 2007.

Gregg-Glover provided police with different accounts about the last hours that she was with the girl, telling them she drove her daughter to the hospital because the girl was sick, but then decided not to take her inside and eventually they ended up at the creek, officials said.

Medical examiners ruled that Alexis drowned.

Gregg-Glover faces up to 40 years in prison for the murder charge, 10 years on the child abuse charge and a year in jail plus fines on the false police report charge. Her sentencing is set for Oct. 2.

On Monday, Prince William County police released an internal investigation about its interactions with Gregg-Glover over the past six years. The report raised concerns about how the mother intentionally mischaracterized her daughter; the poor communication between police and the county social services department; and inconsistent investigative practices by officers and detectives.

The department said it has already begun reforms, such as enhancing training and cooperation with other agencies. Officials said they have disciplined three sworn staff members for failing to follow department policy.

Brenda Taylor, a school bus aide who attended the court hearing, said she reported seeing Gregg-Glover put her daughter in the trunk of a car. Miss Taylor and others wore ribbons printed with the girl’s name. She said she hopes the county learns from this case.

“We did our part and we were getting so frustrated because no one was listening,” Miss Taylor said. “I think people stood idly by and let it take place.”

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