A Baton Rouge mother was busted Wednesday for allegedly killing her 2-year-old daughter, whose body was recovered in the Mississippi woods last week.
Lenaya Cardwell was charged with murder for the slaying of Nevaeh Allen, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Neveah was first reported missing on Friday, Sept. 24 when police responded to Cardwell’s residence where Cardwell’s live-in boyfriend, Phillip Gardner, told police that he had awoken from a nap and could not find the toddler. Cardwell was reportedly at work at this time.
Nevaeh’s remains were found in a wooded area near Hancock, Missippi on Sunday.
Cardwell’s boyfriend, Phillip Gardner, was arrested for his part in disposing of Nevaeh’s deceased body and bringing it across state lines earlier this week. He was charged with unlawful disposal of human remains and obstruction for allegedly dumping the dead child’s body.
Nevaeh’s death was ruled a homicide by the state