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Crime

Janiya Thomas' eldest sister told investigators girl was tied, dunked in water in bathroom, never seen again

Mother of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas charged in Bradenton with first-degree murder in her death.

Crime

Investigators knew for weeks Janiya was missing from her home

Investigators noticed Janiya Thomas was not at her Bradenton home Sept. 23 when they arrived to investigate allegations that Keishanna Thomas had severely beaten her 12-year-old son, the latest reports released by the Florida Department of Children and Families reveal. It was the 12th time they had been called out to investigate abuse.

Videos

45 seconds of Anna Maria Island goes a long way

Anna Maria Island beach therapy cures all. AMI is just west of Bradenton, south of Tampa Bay, north of Sarasota and east of the spectacular Gulf of Mexico. Video by Marc R. Masferrer
mmasferrer@bradenton.com
45 seconds of Anna Maria Island goes a long way 0:56

45 seconds of Anna Maria Island goes a long way

Braden River football head coach Curt Bradley assesses Friday's shutout victory over Bayshore 0:50

Braden River football head coach Curt Bradley assesses Friday's shutout victory over Bayshore

Rashad West loses first game as Southeast head coach 0:47

Rashad West loses first game as Southeast head coach

Palmetto uses new recipe to upset Fort Myers in opener 0:46

Palmetto uses new recipe to upset Fort Myers in opener