Special Reports

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

Saturday morning on Anna Maria Island

Red tide is an unwelcome visitor, but there was still a lot of beauty on Anna Maria Island on Saturday. AMI is on the Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida, near Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Tampa Bay. Video by Marc R. Masferrer
mmasferrer@bradenton.com
Saturday morning on Anna Maria Island 0:42

Saturday morning on Anna Maria Island

Red tide dumps scores of dead fish onto Anna Maria Island 0:47

Red tide dumps scores of dead fish onto Anna Maria Island

Manatee RB Keyon Fordham discusses 172-yard game 0:20

Manatee RB Keyon Fordham discusses 172-yard game

Dave Marino praises Jason Spicer Jr. after Palmetto beats Lakewood Ranch 0:40

Dave Marino praises Jason Spicer Jr. after Palmetto beats Lakewood Ranch