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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  • by Stacy Location: Jacksonville,N.C. on Jun 16, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    This just goes to show you how well the department of social services checks people out,I am trying to get custody of my niece who is right now in thier custody say that I can't have her because I have a record with c.p.s.but at least I have never abused a child nor do I have the blood on my hands of kids that have been abused or killed either after they have been adopted or while in thier care,NOW AIN'T THAT SAD?
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    This is just sick. What kind of monster would do this to someone?
  • by Ashley Location: Chocowinity on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    this woman should be executed in prison this child did not deserve what happened to her and it makes you wonder what is wrong with the system because this was an adoptive mother. Why was she not checked out before being allowed to adopt. The system is does not allow justice to be done and this little girl deserves justice. My son is almost three and weighs 30 lbs so that just gives you an idea of how malnourished she was. My thoughts and prayers are with whomever may be her biological family.
  • by LD Location: Eastern NC on Apr 25, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    Why was there nobody checking on this child? Was there no family,friends???There is not enough punishment on Earth for that adopted mother!!!!
  • by Geez on Apr 25, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    This little girl should have been in a special care facility where she could be monitored and cared for every day. The woman only wanted the $$ she was getting for the child. There's nothing society can do that will be harsh enough for this woman.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Apr 25, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    This woman is sick. Put her in a 6 # 6 room for the rest of her life and when she leaves this world we know where she will go.

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