Neighbour chopped up US girl with hacksaw: Police

A babysitter and trusted neighbour has confessed that he bludgeoned a 9-year-old Indiana girl to death with a brick then dismembered her.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 11:00 AM IST

Fort Wayne: A babysitter and trusted
neighbour has confessed that he bludgeoned a 9-year-old Indiana girl to death with a brick then dismembered her, hiding her
head, hands and feet at his home and dumping the rest of her
remains nearby, police said on Wednesday.

Allen County sheriff`s investigators said in an affidavit
that 39-year-old Michael Plumadore admits he killed Aliahna
Lemmon on Thursday.

According to the affidavit, Plumadore told police that
after beating Aliahna to death, he stuffed her body into trash
bags and hid her in the freezer at his home in a rundown
trailer park in Fort Wayne. He said he later chopped up her
body and stuffed her remains into freezer bags.

Police said Plumadore told them he had hidden Aliahna`s
head, feet and hands at his trailer and discarded her other
remains at a nearby business. Police obtained a warrant to
search his trailer yesterday and found the body parts.
The affidavit does not provide details about why
Plumadore killed the child.

A judge ordered Plumadore held without bail or bond at an
initial hearing today, sheriff`s department spokesman Cpl.
Jeremy Tinkel said. He has yet to be formally charged in
Aliahna`s death.

Aliahna and her two younger sisters were staying with
Plumadore because their mother had been sick with the flu.

Plumadore told The Journal Gazette on Sunday that Aliahna
disappeared from his home Friday morning while he was sleeping
after having gone to a gas station about a mile (1.6
kilometers) away to buy a cigar. Authorities have said the
store`s surveillance video shows him there about that time.

Aliahna wasn`t reported missing until Friday night.
Plumadore said the younger girls told him their mother had
picked her up and he didn`t realise until hours later that
this wasn`t true.

PTI