Missing 4-Year-Old Girl Was Suffocated By Teen Brother: Deputies

A lacking 4-year-old woman was discovered lifeless this week and deputies consider that her half-brother prompted her loss of life by suffocating her.

In a current Facebook publish, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina mentioned that the kid, recognized as Joanna Lockaby, was discovered lifeless on Tuesday. According to the sheriff’s workplace, Lockaby’s physique was present in a “wooded area” close to 112 Chevy Chase Blvd.

“Yesterday evening investigators arrested 17-year-old William Micah Hester. Investigators believe Hester suffocated the victim, contributing to her death,” the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office mentioned in a Facebook publish. “Deputies located the victim’s body in a plastic bin behind the home the victim lived in along with Hester, her half-brother.”

The arrest of Hester comes shortly after the sheriff’s workplace first reported that Lockaby was lacking.

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A mugshot launched by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office exhibits 17-year-old William Micah Hester, who was arrested for allegedly suffocating his half-sister.
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According to the Facebook publish, sheriff’s deputies had been referred to as to a residence at 112 Chevy Chase Blvd. for experiences of a lacking individual.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office mentioned that deputies arrived at about 2:20 p.m. native time on Tuesday, and at about 2:45 p.m., Lockaby’s physique was positioned.

“The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.

Shortly after deputies mentioned that Hester suffocated Lockaby, he was arrested and transported to the Greenville County Detention Center. Hester is in custody awaiting a bond listening to, in accordance with the sheriff’s workplace, which didn’t reveal any motive or the kind of prices Hester may face.

Newsweek reached out to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for additional remark.

Earlier this week in Florida, a 16-year-old woman was arrested after her 3-year-old sister was discovered lifeless of their resort room, in accordance with ClickOrlando.

“The investigation is ongoing. However, the preliminary investigation revealed that the sibling, Charlise Bell, DOB 04/07/2006, had placed a pillow over her sister to quiet her down. When she returned to the room, her sister was unresponsive,” the Altamonte Springs Police Department mentioned in a Facebook publish. “Detectives responded to the scene and after interviews, found probable cause to arrest the sibling, Charlise Bell.”

According to the Altamonte Springs Police Department, Bell was charged with manslaughter.

According to information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “In 2020, there were about 1,389 deaths due to SIDS [sudden infant death syndrome], about 1,062 deaths due to unknown causes, and about 905 deaths due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.”

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