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Child's body identified as missing 20-month-old toddler

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Captain Bobby Jackson of the Gadsden Police Department speaking with reporters Captain Bobby Jackson of the Gadsden Police Department speaking with reporters
GADSDEN, AL -

UPDATE: 4:57 p.m.

The West Gadsden Funeral Home is handling arrangements for 20-month-old Maliyah Lindsay.

The little girl's visitation will be held on Friday.

Her funeral is Saturday.

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UPDATE 4:27 p.m.

The coroner's office has identified the child's body as missing 20-month-old Maliyah Tashay Lindsay.

We're told her death is a suspected homicide.

The body has been sent to a lab in Huntsville. Preliminary autopsy results should come back this week.

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The body of a 20-month-old Gadsden girl was found Tuesday night, a day after her mother reported her missing.

According to the Gadsden Police Department, 19-year-old Tasmine Thomas reported her daughter, Maliyah Lindsay, missing on Monday after not seeing her since March 5.

According to police, the child's father, Stephon Lindsay, said he was going to take the child to his sister's house for a few days. Tasmine said she was asleep when Lindsay actually took the child, and that he was back home the next morning when she awoke.

After approximately one week, Tasmine told Stephon she wanted to go and get Maliyah and he stated that he would go with her. He then left, according to Tasmine, to get gas for his car and then pick up the child from his sister.

After a short time had passed, Tasmine called the sister and the sister said she had not seen Stephon nor the baby in several weeks. Tasmine tried calling Stephon but got no response. That's when she called police.

Last night, police arrested Stephon Lindsay.

Shortly after his arrest, police say the body of a child was found in a wooded area at the dead end of Plainview Street.

Etowah County Coroner confirmed that the body was that of Maliyah Lindsay, and was ruled a suspected homicide. The body was sent to a lab in Huntsville, with a preliminary report pending.

Captain Bobby Jackson says police expect to charge Stephon Lindsay today with capital murder. 

Jackson says police knew where to find the body based on information received from Lindsay during his interview with investigators.  This morning, investigators returned to the scene to look for possible murder weapons, which include a sword and a hatchet. 

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