Mireya McCall, 5 [Updated]
Mireya McCall, a 5-year-old black girl, died Sunday, June 13, in the 1100 block of East Peck Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The girl’s mother had reported her missing about 7 a.m. Sunday and directed deputies to a residence, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Carrie Stuart said. After a routine search of the home, the body was discovered stuffed in a trash bag in a bedroom closet.
According to preliminary information provided by the coroner's office, Mireya suffered sharp force trauma to the neck.
Homicide detectives later arrested the girl's uncle, Julian Carter, as a suspect in the killing, said Deputy Benjamin Grubb.
Family members told KTLA that Carter, a 25-year-old black man, had a history of violent behavior. It was unclear whether he lived in the home with the girl.
"It's a tragedy. That's my joy. That's my everything," Mireya's father, Travon McCall, told KTLA News, fighting back tears.
[Updated Feb. 22, 3:45 p.m.: A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Carter is scheduled to appear at the Compton Superior Court on Mar. 8 for a pretrial conference. A jury trial is planned for April 4.
Carter is currently being held in lieu of $1.8-million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown.]
-- Corina Knoll and Sarah Ardalani