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Funeral set for Saturday for 11-year-old Bradenton girl found in freezer

This arrest photo provided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office shows Keishanna Thomas in custody on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Thomas' daughter Janiya Thomas, 11, was found inside a freezer in her grandmother's garage. Keishanna Thomas was taken into custody after police say she refused to answer questions about her daughter's whereabouts. [Manatee County Sheriff's Office via AP]

This arrest photo provided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office shows Keishanna Thomas in custody on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Thomas' daughter Janiya Thomas, 11, was found inside a freezer in her grandmother's garage. Keishanna Thomas was taken into custody after police say she refused to answer questions about her daughter's whereabouts. [Manatee County Sheriff's Office via AP]

BRADENTON — Funeral services for an 11-year-old girl whose body was found in a relative's freezer have been scheduled.

Janiya Thomas' funeral will be Saturday, according to local news.

An obituary lists Oct. 18 as the day Janiya died. It's the same day her body was found in a padlocked freezer at her relatives' house.

Janiya was reported missing two days earlier by Manatee County Sheriff's Office child protective investigators after her mother refused to tell them or a judge anything about the girl's whereabouts and well-being. Sheriff's investigators arrived at Thomas' home to remove her five children as part of a child abuse investigation involving Thomas' 12-year-old son, but only four were found.

The girl's body was not positively identified until a week after its discovery in the freezer.

Funeral set for Saturday for 11-year-old Bradenton girl found in freezer 11/13/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:02am]
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