Mother charged in 4-year-old daughter's death after remains found in Charlotte home

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Charlotte mother was charged in the death of her 4-year-old daughter after remains were found in a home Friday.

According to WSOC, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were investigating reports of a child not being seen in several months after receiving several tips foul play may have been involved.

Detectives went to the home on Braden Drive near Capps Hill Mine where they recovered remains believed to be that of the missing 4-year-old.

The child's identity has not been released.

The child's mother, Malikah Diane Bennett, 31, was charged after being interviewed by police.

Bennett was charged with felony child abuse, inflicting physical injury, felony concealing a death and first-degree murder.

Malikah Diane Bennett


Police have not said when the child died.

WSOC reported neighbors and school staff who knew the family started building a memorial for the child.

"It's really a bad situation," Lashonda Alexander, a teacher who knows the family at the home, told WSOC.

The investigation is ongoing.
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