Adoptive Mother Charged with Murder

The adoptive mother of a 9-year-old quadriplegic girl whose body was found in a Michigan storage unit cried during a court hearing where she faced murder and other charges in the girl's death.

Thirty-nine-year-old Lorrie Thomas of Flint was arraigned Friday afternoon in 68th District Court in Flint on six charges, including second-degree murder, child abuse, tampering with evidence and welfare fraud over $500.

Thomas, whose wrists were secured to a chain around her waist, struggled to wipe her nose as she cried.

Judge Tracy Collier-Nix ordered Thomas held without bond and her next court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday. She was to get a court-appointed lawyer.

Some friends and family in the courtroom wore shirts bearing photos of the girl, Shylea Myza Thomas. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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