- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Records released by the Florida Department of Children and Families show investigators and welfare officials scrambled to learn the whereabouts of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas after her half-siblings were removed from the home of mother Keishanna Thomas in late September.

Janiya’s body was found earlier this month in a freezer that Thomas, mother to four other children, had delivered to a relative’s house. Thomas is jailed on charges of child abuse, aggravated child abuse and abuse of a human body. Her other children remain in the care of relatives.

The Herald-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1Rikihf) that Thomas, involved in DCF investigations roughly a dozen times, was deemed an unsafe parent after she was suspected of hitting her 12-year-old son for shoplifting in September. New records in the case were released Thursday.

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Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, https://www.heraldtribune.com

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