Police say a seven-year-old girl from Pink Hill was found dead hours after she was reported missing early Saturday. The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says the body of Chasity Sumner was found in a ditch near her home at 206 Leighton Drive Near Pink Hill.
Several state agencies helped in the search, but Major Chris Hill of the Lenoir County Sheriff's Department says it was too late.
Authorities arrested 37-year-old John Manning, who lived at the girl's home. Manning faces a murder charge and in the Lenoir County Jail without bond.
Manning's first court appearance is set for tomorrow.