Two New York teens charged after murder of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant
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Two New York teens charged after murder of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant

Buffalo : NY : USA | Aug 28, 2012 at 6:22 AM PDT
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Two New York teenagers have been charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old girl named Isabella Tennant, whose remains were found in a trash can.

Everyone who is hearing the story of Isabella Tennant's death is trying to understand what could have made a 16-year-old boy allegedly murder such a young girl with his bare hands. The boy, John Robert Freeman, has been charged in connection with the death of the child. Another 18-year-old-boy by the name of Tyler Scott Best has been charged for helping Freeman with the disposal of the little girl’s body.

The Niagara Falls police on Monday arrested both the boys, charging Freeman with second-degree murder, a Class A1 felony, and Best with tampering with evidence, which is a Class E felony.

It was Best who came to the police and informed them about the murder. He is also the person who led the police to the remains of Tennant.

Tennant was reported missing at about 6:20 a.m. to the Niagara Falls Police Department. She was staying at her great-grandmother’s house at 450 Sixth Street, but in the morning when her mother came to pick her up, she could not find the girl.

Tennant’s great-grandmother, Sharon Lascelle, said that she went to bed at around 11 p.m. and at that time Isabella was playing with Freeman, a neighbor and considered a trusted family friend. He had been around Isabella several times in the past.

After the call was made, authorities at once began searching for Isabella Tennant with the help of numerous agencies, but they could not locate her. Then just after 9 a.m. on the same day, Best came to the Niagara Falls Police Department and told the officer there that he had information regarding Isabella's case. He then took them to where Isabella's body had been dumped in a trash can. Best told authorities that it was Freeman who killed the girl and later asked him to help in disposing the body.

It appeared that Freeman had killed Isabella Tennant with his bare hands, as no weapons were found. After the investigation, the probability of sexual abuse was ruled out. However, Tennant’s body did have minor injuries.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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