January 4th, 2012
12:44 AM ET

Suspect in Indiana girl's slaying to appear in court

A man accused of killing a 9-year-old Indiana girl with a brick and dismembering her body with a hacksaw is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday for an initial hearing.

Michael Plumadore, 39, faces one count each of murder, abuse of a corpse and moving a body from the scene of crime in the killing of Aliahna Lemmon.

If convicted, Plumadore faces 45 to 65 years on the murder charge alone.

In a probable cause affidavit released last week week, Indiana investigators said Plumadore admitted repeatedly striking the girl in the head with a brick as she stood on the front steps of his mobile home in the early hours of December 22.

Plumador was babysitting Aliahna at the time.

He also told authorities he stored Aliahna's body in garbage bags in a freezer at his home until that night, when he allegedly dismembered it with a hacksaw.

According to the affidavit, Plumadore told investigators he threw parts of the body in a nearby commercial trash bin but kept the head, hands and feet in his freezer.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the killing.

Amber Story, the girl's grandmother, had described Plumadore as a neighbor and close family friend.

She said Aliahna and her two sisters were staying with Plumadore for about a week while Aliahna's mother recovered from the flu.

The court hearing wil take place at the Allen County Superior Court.

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  1. TMI

    when the apostle paul say some sins are too shameful even to be named…this would be one of them.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. bigwilliestyles

    RIP to another of this sick societies true innocents. Our poor children; is there no safe haven for them?

    January 4, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |