Police look through 46,000 pounds of trash for girl's body

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Nevaeh Adams Nevaeh Adams
Daunte Johnson Daunte Johnson

Authorities are searching through garbage at landfills in two South Carolina counties for the body of a 5-year-old girl who was killed along with her mother.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said 28-year-old Daunte Johnson told detectives he dumped the girl's body in a trash bin at a Sumter apartment Monday.

Roark says a trash truck unloaded the complex's bins before 29-year-old Sharee Bradley's body was found and Nevaeh Adams was reported missing.

Roark says that trash was unloaded into one of nine bigger trucks, so investigators are sorting through 46,000 pounds (20,900 kilograms) of garbage in Richland and Sumter County landfills.

Roark says authorities are also continuing to search for the girl's body in other places.

Johnson is charged with murder. Jail records don't indicate if he has an attorney.

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Police say they now think a missing 5-year-old girl in South Carolina was killed the same time as her mother.

Sumter Police spokeswoman Tonyia McGirt said Tuesday afternoon that 28-year-old Daunte Maurice Johnson is trying to help police find Nevaeh Lashy Adams’ body.

Authorities say Johnson was arrested Monday after he was seen running away from a Sumter apartment where a family member found 29-year-old Sharee Bradley dead. Police haven’t said how she was killed.

McGirt says it appears both the mother and child were killed at the same time, several hours before Bradley’s body was found.

McGirt said in a statement Johnson is also a suspect in a homicide in Missouri, but didn’t provide details.

Johnson is charged with murder. Jail records don’t indicate if he has an attorney.

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