Cleveland: Police charge mother with abuse of corpse

12:02 AM, Dec 24, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Police Sgt. Sammy Morris says they have charged India Parker, 35, with abuse of a corpse in connection with an investigation into the disappearance of her daughter.

Police say that the investigation got underway Monday into the whereabouts of Kaliyah,10, after Kaliyah's birth father reported the child missing.

The Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services began investigating the girl's disappearance on Dec,. 16.

They received a call from the father of one of Parker's other children, when he noticed Kaliyah wasn't at the mother's house when he went to pick up his son from a visit.

When social workers began asking questions, friends and family members say they have not seen Kaliyah in about five years.

The police report shows that India told others that Kaliyah died when a bookcase fell on her, but detectives were unable to locate a death certificate and a search of hospital lists did not provide an answer.

Parker is scheduled to be in court at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Late Friday, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath sent out a news release, asking for the public's help in locating Kaliyah Parker.

She was last seen in 2006 and was 5 years of age at that time.

Anyone that has seen Kaliyah Parker in the last five years or with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit by phoning 216.623.5464.


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