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Mother Of Missing 5-Year-Old Girl Pleads For Help

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Konesha Smith holds up a photo of her daughter. (WWJ Photo: Mike Campbell)

Konesha Smith holds up a photo of her daughter. (WWJ Photo: Mike Campbell)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A 5-year-old Detroit girl is missing, apparently taken from her home sometime on Sunday. Right now, the child’s appearance is being investigated separately from a deadly fire nearby.

WWJ’s Mike Campbell went to the child’s neighborhood, where he spoke to the girl’s mother.

Konesha Smith told Mike that she last saw Mariha, her 5-year-old daughter, when she put her and her three younger siblings down to sleep on the floor on the first floor of their home on Burlingame in front of a fan that was in a window. She says when she woke up, the girl was missing. Police say Mariha was abducted, and there’s a report out that maybe the abduction is connected to an argument the child’s mother was having with a man. Smith says she doesn’t think so.

“I don’t know who would take my child from me,” Smith said. “If you got a problem with me, I feel like you should’ve came to me; not take my baby from me.”

childs body found burned detroit house on waverly Mother Of Missing 5 Year Old Girl Pleads For HelpMeanwhile, there was a fire in a house about a mile away on Waverly Street. Investigators found the burned body of a child; too burned to identify as a male or female.

“I know my baby, she still alive … (some people) come told me that they seen her, so I’m gonna stick to that,” Smith said through tears.

To read the breaking news story, click here.

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