Sad! A five year old girl was found dead after her mother was murdered

The girl

A five-year-old girl who went missing in South Carolina on Monday evening after her mother was found murdered inside their home is presumed dead by authorities.

The Sumter Police Department on Tuesday afternoon released a statement saying the search for Nevaeh Lashy Adams turned into a recovery mission after a suspect was arrested and confessed to killing both the woman and child.

The girl was nowhere to be found when a relative discovered the body of her mother, 29-year-old Sharee Bradley, inside her unit at Lantana Apartments on Gamecock Village Court in Sumter at around 6pm on Monday.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Bradley sometime today to determine her cause of death.

Sumter Police spokeswoman Tonyia McGirt said officers arrested 28-year-old Daunte Maurice Johnson, described as a transient, after he was seen running away from Bradley’s home.

The suspect 
Jail records show Johnson has been charged with murder.

Under questioning, police said Johnson confessed to killing Bradley, with whom he was acquainted, and her daughter, and also provided information that could lead to Nevaeh's body.

'Finding this little girl is first and foremost and we have and will continue to use every resource available to make that happen,' Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said. 'Our prayers are with the family and we will continue to assist them throughout this tragic ordeal.'

A preliminary investigation by the Sumter County Coroner’s Office determined Bradley had been dead for several hours before her body was found. Her daughter was likely killed at the same time as her mother.

Before police announced that Nevaeh was presumed dead, her father, Dupray Adams, made a plea for her safe return.

'I haven't slept, I can't eat, that's my baby, this is my last baby,' Adams told ABC10. 'I would never think that this would happen to me.'

In a separate interview with WIS-TV, Adams described Nevaeh as a 'wonderful child' who was a tap dancer and aspired to become a gymnast.

'She’s just an excellent daughter,' he said of the girl. 'When she was born, she never cried. She was just so precious.'

According to police, Johnson has criminal records in other states and is a suspect in a Missouri murder, but they did not go into details.

In 2015, he was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, on a misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

Johnson was picked up again in March 2018 for allegedly violating a protective order.

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