Mother Charged With Disabled Daughter's Murder And Abuse

A prosecutor says a 9-year-old quadriplegic Michigan girl whose body was found in a storage unit suffered from "severe, ongoing malnutrition and neglect" before her death.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton on Friday charged the girl's adoptive mother with six counts, including second-degree murder, child abuse, tampering with evidence and welfare fraud.

Leyton said at a news conference that Shylea Myza Thomas weighed 33 pounds, about half her weight of 61 pounds in August 2007.

Leyton says she had untreated bed sores and bones sticking through skin.

Thirty-nine-year-old Lorrie Thomas of Flint has been in custody since Wednesday, when investigators found the girl's body stuffed in a plastic bin in a locked storage unit near Flint.


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