Horrific, why would the grandmother go to bed at 11pm and need someone to come watch the 5year old so late at night?? Shouldn't the little girl also have been in bed or have been going to bed?? This story doesn't make a lot of sense, but obviously the guy was possessed or on drugs or something to do something so evil!!
Isabella Tennant, 5, was allegedly murdered by a 16-year-old family friend, John Freeman, in her grandmothers home.
An upstate teen killed a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting "with his bare hands" and, with the help of a friend, bagged her body and dumped it in an alleyway garbage can, police said.
Little Isabella Tennant's slain body was found in at the bottom of a trash can near downtown Niagara Falls at around 9 a.m. on Monday, a few hours after her family reported her missing, authorities said.
"It's a terrible crime. It tears at your heart," Niagara Falls Police Capt. William M. Thomson told reporters on Monday.
"I have grandchildren the same age as this victim, and it is horrible."
The suspect, John Freeman, 16, was described as a "trusted" family friend who was asked to look after the girl when her great-grandmother went to bed on Sunday night, authorities said.
"It is very disturbing," Thomson said, according to the Buffalo News. "We don't have any motive for this."
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John Freeman, 16, is charged as an adult with murder in the death of missing Isabella Tennant, 5, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. His friend, right, Tyler Best, 18, is charged with evidence tampering in the death.
Freeman and a pal, Tyler Best, 18, of Buffalo, were charged in the girl's death and made their first court appearance on Tuesday morning.
Isabella, who lived in Cheektowaga, was staying overnight with her great-grandmother, Sharon Lascelle, while her mom worked a shift at a Niagara Falls sports bar, the Buffalo News reported.
Lascaelle went to bed at around 11:00 p.m., and asked Freeman to come over and look after the tot, authorities said.
Tennant was being looked after by a "trusted" family friend, while her mother worked the night shift at a local bar.
Cops quickly got a break in the case when Best, who was crashing with Freeman, showed up at police headquarters at around 9 a.m. and admitted to helping dump the little girl's body.
Best led police to a trash can in an alley between Third and Fourth streets, just blocks from the Lascelle's home, the newspaper said.
The girl was fully clothed, and there were so signs the teen used any weapons to kill her, police said.
"At this time we believe Freeman killed Isabella with his bare hands ...and that Best was only involved after she was deceased and assisted with moving her remains," police said in a statement, which was posted on the local NBC News station.