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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Local authorities said they detained a suspect after a missing 6-year-old child was found dead in a trash can with knife wounds in the state of Louisiana.
The body of missing 6-year-old girl Ahlittia North, from Harvey, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, was found on Tuesday stuffed in a green trash can and wrapped in her brown comforter three days after an intense search had been deployed.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced that 20-year-old suspect Matthew Flugence was captured on tuesday night at around 10 p.m. coal time while walking on a local street, according to the Times Picayune. He was booked on charges of first-degree murder, and another charge of sexual battery involving an 11-year-old girl, also from Harvey, is expected to be placed.
Flugence's brother, Russell, 21, was also arrested for obstruction of justice. The Flugence brothers are nephews of Ahlittia North's father. Family members, including the victim's mother, expressed shock, as Matthew Flugence would commonly babysit Ahlittia.
Ahlittia had last been seen on Saturday night in her bed, but she was missing after her parents found her empty bed at around 9 a.m. on the next morning. A large pool of blood was found behind the building, but little information had been clear until the finding of her body, which had stab wounds on the neck.