NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A devastated mother says a teenage boy accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter in Niagara Falls, N.Y., wasn't at a relative's house when she dropped her off there.
Crystal Walker tells WIVB-TV she dropped off Isabella Tennant with Walker's grandmother, Sharon Lascelle, while she worked at a sports bar on Sunday.
Police say Lascelle went to bed around 11 p.m. and left Isabella in the care of 16-year-old John Freeman, a trusted family friend who did chores for her. They say Freeman killed the girl in the house and called a friend to help him dispose of her body in a garbage can a few blocks away.
Niagara Falls Police crime scene investigators work in the alley between Third and Forth streets and Ferry and Walnut avenues in Niagara Falls, near where the body of missing 5-year-old Isabella Sarah Tennant was found Monday.
Freeman and 18-year-old Tyler Best pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges connected to the death. An autopsy shows the girl apparently was strangled.