December 27th, 2011
01:24 AM ET

Missing 9-year-old Indiana girl found dead

Aliahna Lemmon, a 9-year-old Indiana girl who disappeared two days before Christmas, was found dead Monday night, officials said.

Authorities charged 39-year-old Michael L. Plumadore with murder, the Allen County sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's Officer Jeremy Tinkel would not disclose Plumadore's relationship with Aliahna or details about what led to the man's arrest.

Earlier, Amber Story, the girl's grandmother, described Plumadore as a neighbor and close family friend. She said Aliahna and her two sisters were staying with Plumadore while Aliahna's mother recovered from the flu.

Prior to the suspect's arrest, Story said she believed the girl could have sleepwalked out of Plumadore's Fort Wayne home early Friday morning and been taken. She said Aliahna suffered from partial hearing loss and partial blindness, but has gotten out of her home while sleepwalking before.

Plumadore is set to make make his first appearance in Allen County Court on Tuesday morning.

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  1. NGreen

    When will these mothers learn that you do not leave your child with a boyfriend, neighbor or anyone that does not have an iinterest in the child's welfare? Everyday we hear of a child dying or missing.. What mother in her right mind would leave little girls with a male neighbor or "family friend"? Even leaving them with a female would be questionable – who knows who would come to visit while they are there? It's sad when you have to cast doubt on anybody and everybody, but with the way the world is today, anything can happen. Some people need to have an IQ test and apply to have a child. Common sense is not only lacking but brains. Sounds like the mother got her brains from her mother. You would let a male neighbor watch your grandchildren? I mean really...

    December 27, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd H

      The death of any child is a horrible tragedy. When it should have been preventable is when it is that much more horrible.

      December 27, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      please realize that the perp is a predator, as in one who preys, this is not the parents fault. hold the perp responsible for his less than neighborly actions of victimizing a disabled child.

      December 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    What a tragedy...another "friend" or good neighbor or whatever is likely responsible for a childs death....and this kid had some serious physical issues too! We are constantly warned about that "ex-offender" down the street, etc. but it seems it's the very people who are yelling the loudest on this topic are the ones doing this stuff! The Sandusky debacle should teach us a lesson...it's the ones you least suspect who are into hurting kids nowadays.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    My condolences the family of this little girl.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Boogie man

    @Ngreen ,you must have short hair and comfortable shoes. Hate men ,get my drift Well all men are not bad ,except in your eyes.Kiss your girl goodnite for me willyou?

    December 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kyoung

    I am sick. What the hell is wrong with this world? What mother just sends three little girls with a male neighbor for one week just because she had the flu? She was probably strung out on drugs! And that Grandmother, last night, was defending this guy. Please. Why didn't she have her grandchildren, especially at Christmas? Throw them all in jail! When is this government going to do their fricken jobs and make child abuse and neglect a national priority? I am P.O'd! What can we do? What? Nancy – what? My heart aches for these poor children – who have no voice and those who now have no lives!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NGREEN

    @At kyoung,You said you are a PED?you sound hot, text back if you want to get together,I am babysitting!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NGREEN

    I am sick too,lets get together .I 've got candy.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. isabella

    i am srry i love her so much tell her ily

    January 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |