1 of 2 Kidnapped Girls Found Dead After Mother Killed

'These are unspeakable crimes,' Louisiana sheriff says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2024 5:01 AM CDT
1 of 2 Kidnapped Girls Found Dead After Mother Killed
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office released this photo of the suspect being taken into custody.   (Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

A Louisiana woman was found dead in her home Thursday, and her two young daughters were abducted and found hours later in Mississippi—one dead and the other alive, police said. A Louisiana resident who had dated the woman was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, in connection with the deaths and abduction, investigators said. "He had the victim's car along with her alive-and-well 6-year-old child," said Chief Deputy Jimmy Travis of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office in Louisiana. The body of the other child, a 4-year-old, was found near the car in a wooded area in Jackson, Travis said.

Louisiana State Police issued an Amber Alert for the children after their mother, Callie Brunett, was found dead in her home in Loranger, about 60 miles east of Baton Rouge, the AP reports. She had been reported missing after no one had spoken with her since Tuesday, Travis said. A cause of death was not immediately released. "Our hearts are with all those affected by this tragic event. These are unspeakable crimes," Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a statement. "We ask everyone to keep Callie's family in your prayers." The sheriff's office identified the suspect as Daniel Callihan, 36.

Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade said officers contacted the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation's human trafficking division about the case. He said small animal cages were discovered at the wooded area where the children were found. "He tried to do away with the children by taking them into this wooded area," Wade said of the suspect, adding, "This was a horrible, horribly tragic situation that was committed by the actions of a coward." It's "very, very disturbing to me as a police chief, and as a father, to witness and see what I just saw," the chief said, per WLBT.

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