Girl’s Body Found in Florida Canal
MIAMI (AP) _ A body believed to be that of a 5-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by an ex-convict friend of her mother’s was found Monday in a canal in the Everglades.
The girl, Quatisha Maycock, had been dragged from her home Friday with her mother, Shantell Maycock.
Ms. Maycock, 22, was found the next morning and told police she had been beaten and choked, locked in a car trunk and dumped in a sugar cane field before her assailant drove off with her daughter.
The body was found about 70 miles from their home by a fisherman, C.W. Cox. ``It looked just like that baby I seen on TV,″ Cox said.
Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said, ``We believe that it definitely relates to this kidnapping.″
After Ms. Maycock was found, police arrested Harrel Franklin Braddy, who had been released from prison in 1997 after serving 13 years of a 30-year sentence for attempted murder.
Braddy, 49, had known Ms. Maycock for about six months through a church group. He wanted their relationship to become more serious and became enraged when she asked him to leave her home, Miami-Dade police said.
Braddy led investigators to an area where he said he had left Quatisha alive. However, 75 people assisted by three helicopters and nine bloodhounds were unable to find the girl.
Braddy was charged with kidnapping and attempted murder. If the body is identified as Quatisha’s, he could also be charged with murder, which could bring the death penalty.
He and hundreds of other violent criminals was released early in 1997 after Florida’s Supreme Court blocked an attempt by the state to revoke the time off for good behavior they had earned.