The custodial dad is identified as MICHAEL WASH.
Mother of missing child: 'I believe they killed my baby'
Published:Saturday, July 2nd 2016, 8:28 am EDT
Updated:Saturday, July 2nd 2016, 11:49 am EDT
By Julian Johnson
EAST POINT, GA (CBS46) -
A mother is demanding answers now that the search for her missing 7-year-old daughter has turned into a homicide investigation.
East Point police say a father and his girlfriend are in custody in connection to a homicide investigation that was launched after a 7-year-old girl was reported missing.
27-year-old Michael Wash has been charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children, giving false statements and concealing the death of another.
In addition, 30-year-old Lasherae Davis was charged with party to aggravated assault, party to cruelty to children, giving false statements and concealing the death of another.
Kamaire Wash's father, Michael Deon Wash, and his girlfriend, Lasherae Davis, remain in custody facing several charges.
However, none of the charges include murder.
CBS46 found Kamaire's mother in Illinois and she told us without a doubt, she believes Kamaire's father and his girlfriend were involved in her death.
"Yeah, I believe they killed my baby. I do, I sure do," said Kashira Pettigrew.
As a mother, they're words she likely never thought she'd be saying, but now she's faced with the fact her daughter is missing and presumed dead.
"They found the body the day before. They didn't even know who it was, they just so happened to be saying the baby was missing yesterday," said Pettigrew.
East Point police are still awaiting confirmation a body found in Lake Allatoona on Wednesday afternoon is in fact Kamaire.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an autopsy.
CBS46 has confirmed police believe Wash and Davis drove Kamaire's body up to the lake and dumped it.
"Why would they do a baby like that? She was only 7, had a beautiful heart, beautiful spirit," said Pettigrew. "It's not adding up to me. I want answers for my baby. She deserves justice.
We're told Kamaire had only been living with her father for about a year.
Wash is charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children 1st degree (2 counts), cruelty to children 3rd degree, giving false statements, and concealing the death of another.
Davis is charged with party to the crime aggravated assault, party to the crime – cruelty to children 1st degree (2 counts), party to the crime – cruelty to children 3rd degree, giving false statements, and concealing the death of another.
They both both waived their first appearance Saturday. Their next appearance is July 15 at 9:30 a.m. No bond was granted.