Dead girl found in mom’s freezer: Janiya Thomas Missing Girl, — Keishanna Thomas, the mother of the 11-year-old girl who has gone missing and is presumed dead, has been charged with aggravated child abuse for an incident last month involving her 12-year-old son, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
As part of the investigation into that case, deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s Child Protective Investigations unit went Friday to the family’s apartment at the Village at Cortez, 4880 51st St. W., to remove Thomas’ five children.
Only four were found, and Thomas was arrested when she refused to talk about her daughter Janiya’s whereabouts.
It was the 10th time since 2003 that child protection officials have had contact with Thomas and her family, said sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow.
“Following the incident in September, we were asking the mom for three weeks where her other children were, and she said the 2-year-old and 11-year-old were with relatives,” Bristow said. “She had the 2-year-old the next day, but then said the 11-year-old was with relatives in New Jersey and was out of state. She kept leading us on, so that’s why we took her in.”
Two days later, on Sunday, a girl’s body was found in a freezer at the home of Thomas’ grandmother and great-aunt, but authorities have not confirmed the body’s identity.
Judge Diana Moreland ordered a $75,000 bond on Keishanna Thomas for the child abuse charge, and she is still being held without bond on a contempt of court charge for refusing to reveal the location of her missing daughter.
The arrest report for Thomas says her son was caught shoplifting Sept. 23 from the Walmart Supercenter at 5315 Cortez Road W. where she works. Loss Prevention turned him over to Thomas, who took him home and said she was going to “whoop him,” the report states.
Thomas said she was holding him by the shirt and “lost her grip,” which caused him to run into the dresser and shatter the attached mirror.
Thomas’ live-in boyfriend told her to settle down, and the boy was taken to his room, where he climbed out the window and went to the apartment complex’s clubhouse, where he told someone his mother had punched and slapped him during the entire car ride home from Walmart, according to the report.
The responding officer indicated on the original report that the boy had no marks or bruising on him, but he was removed by Child Protective Services due to history of the family. A physician later deemed that the boy’s injuries were consistent with child abuse. Thomas told police on Oct. 9 she had only hit him once across the head with an open hand, according to the report.
Patrick Kane, assistant public defender, made references to a probable cause affidavit during Thomas’ first appearance hearing in court that talked about her locking a child in a bathroom and hitting her.