EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDetroit Man Charged With Murder, Torture, Rape Of 5-Year-Old Girl In Michigan
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 21, 2013 2:06 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 2:25 PM EDT
Prosecutors have filed charges against a Detroit man they say abducted, raped and killed, then burned the body of a 5-year-old girl in Michigan.
The Wayne County (Mich.) Prosecutor's Office said Darnell H. Cheatham, 22, is being arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree murder, torture, child abuse, arson and mutilation of a body.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Cheatham took Mariah Smith from her Detroit home July 24. Authorities said the girl was strangled and her skull crushed before her body was set on fire on a mattress at a vacant house about a mile from her home.
It wasn't immediately known if Cheatham has a lawyer.
Prosecutors said Cheatham was the boyfriend of Mariah's aunt.
First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.
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