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.


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  • by marie Location: lansing on Apr 25, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    what the hell is wrong with these parents these days?? This makes no sense. You know, for people like this, I think that Michigan should have the death penalty because what reason so you have to harm a child in any way?
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Apr 25, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    Referencing what Joe said; maybe she was crying because she won't be receiving the income from caring for a disabled child. Doesn't appear that this money was used for the child as it was intended. Poor little girl never had a chance in life.
  • by jon on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    Wilx has a poll,It is asking a question," Should parents be able to up their children for any reason," I also read the stories about the little crippled girl whose mother killed her, again about the little boy whose father and uncle took a blow torch to him, my answer, in GODS mercy YES!!!!!
  • by Renee Location: Jonesville on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    Why is all I can say. This is so terrible first the little girl has a hard life due to being quadriplegic and now this. I feel so terrible However at least that girl will never have to suffer again and is finally home. My prayers go out to her may she rest in peace.
  • by joe Location: jackson on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    gee , why was she crying? because her child was dead or because they caught her so quick? another one who'll probably get a light sentence
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