Child missing since Christmas Eve 2020 found dead in woods. Police accuse mom and man of murder.

Source: Shelby County Detention Center

Feb. 20 2022, Published 9:11 a.m. ET

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The mother of a missing 4-year-old girl in Kentucky has been accused of murder, according to media reports.

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Serenity Ann McKinney hadn’t been seen since Christmas Eve 2020, police said and reported by WDRB. Around 2 p.m. on Feb. 18, McKinney’s body was found in the woods near the Jefferson County-Bullitt County line in Kentucky, according to Kentucky State Police and reported by WDRB.

Now, Dakota Hill, 26, and Catherine McKinney, 21, were both charged with murder and abuse of a corpse, according to WLKY. Catherine McKinney is the victim’s mom and Hill is her boyfriend.

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Police in Shelby County, Kentucky, previously told WDRB that Catherine wasn’t cooperating with the investigation.

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Investigators have not said how the child died or released a possible motive for the alleged murder.

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The adults were arrested earlier in the month in Kansas, but they were not charged with murder until last week.

Source: Shelby County Detention Center

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