(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) — The babysitter charged with killing a 9-year-old girl who had disappeared from an Indiana trailer park will appear in court Friday, the first chance prosecutors will have to explain why he allegedly killed and then dismembered the girl’s body.
Michael Plumadore, 39, “freely admitted” that in the “early morning hours” last Thursday, he struck Aliahna Lemmon in the head multiple times with a brick “while she was standing on the front steps of his residence,” according to a police affidavit.
He later dismembered her body and kept her head, feet and hands in his freezer, according to the affidavit.
He allegedly put the girl’s body in several trash bags and stuffed her in a freezer until nighttime came. He worked past midnight dismembering Aliahna’s body with a hack saw, the affidavit states. He allegedly put the pieces in garbage bags and tossed them in a dumpster of a nearby business, but kept her head, hands and feet in his freezer.
Plumadore shuffled into court for his initial hearing Tuesday, manacled at this feet and hands. He was ordered held without bail, police said.
Plumadore did not tell police why he killed the young girl.
Plumadore, who had been babysitting Aliahna and her two sisters for a week because their mother was ill, initially told police that he has last seen Aliahna sleeping in his trailer on Friday but didn’t alert police to her disappearance until Friday night because he believed she had gone home to her mother.
Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries said the girl’s body was found after 9 p.m. Monday night.
Plumadore was arrested after his third interview with police, Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel told ABC News.
Fries said Plumadore has a criminal record in North Carolina and Florida.
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