Arrest warrants issued for father of girl found dead in Monument townhome
By Jakob Rodgers The Gazette
Posted: 07/07/2010 09:12:13 AM MDT
Updated: 07/07/2010 09:14:27 AM MDT
Two arrest warrants have been issued for Hanif Sims, the father of the little girl whose body was found in May in the basement of a Monument house.
Sims is being sought for second-degree assault, a felony, as well as misdemeanor child abuse, according to Lt. Lari Sevene, spokeswoman with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
On May 14, construction workers renovating the basement of a townhome in the 700 block of Century Place in Monument found the badly decomposed body of a small girl. DNA test results released Tuesday identified the body as that of Genesis Sims, 9.
Hanif Sims and Monique Lynch had lived in the townhome a year and a half ago, but moved out in early 2009. It is believed the pair were since residents of the Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter in Los Angeles from March until December 2009.
In the weeks after the discovery of the child's body, El Paso County sheriff's investigators went to New Jersey, the couple's home state, and California searching for Hanif Sims and Lynch.
The cause and manner of the girl's death have yet to be determined, pending further test results, Sevene said.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Arrest warrants issued for custodial father of girl found dead in townhouse basement (Monument, Colorado)