One year ago, on Oct. 18, 2015, the Bradenton Police Department announced a grisly discovery: The body of a girl later identified as Janiya Thomas, who had been reported as missing two days earlier, had been found in a freezer at a relative’s home in Bradenton.
The find ended a desperate search that started after the girl’s mother, Keishanna Thomas, who had been investigated several times for possible child abuse, refused to tell a judge about her daughter’s whereabouts.
Subsequent investigations lead to not only a murder charge for Keishanna Thomas, but scrutiny of the local child protection system and the rules governing the home-schooling of children.
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Keishanna Thomas is currently set to stand trial starting Nov. 28.