Mother charged in missing child probe
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Cairo Police have charged the mother of a 12-year-old Cairo girl reported missing Friday.
Kinnesh Moore faces two misdemeanor charges for allegedly failing to help police in their search for Angela Hill. Moore is charged with one count of interference with custody and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“Moore had knowledge of the whereabouts of her daughter from the onset of the investigation and failed to disclose that information to investigators,” states the Cairo Police Department in a press release.
“Moore did this with the intent of keeping her daughter away from Angela Moore, grandmother of the juvenile who has lawful custody of the child.”
Cairo’s interim police chief, Giovannie Santos, says the investigation is ongoing and, “there are still persons of interest that need to be interviewed.”
Hill was reported missing on Friday, and was found unharmed Sunday at about 4:30 p.m. at a residence in Thomasville, Santos says.
“It appears at this time that Hill left of her own free will and was not in danger. Hill had been brought to Thomasville by a family member who did not disclose this to our investigators from the beginning of the search for her,” states Santos who declined to identify the person who took Hill to Thomasville.
“It is the belief of the Cairo Police Department that if she had advised investigators the whereabouts of her daughter, the significant and immediate concern caused to the community over the safety of the child would have been avoided as well as the needless expense of police resources,” Santos says.
The Georgia Department of Family and Children Services were contacted regarding the situation, according to Santos.