Keishanna Thomas will; serve 65 years in prison after admitting she killed her 11-year-old daughter and stuffed her body in a freezer
The Florida mother who killed and stuffed her pre-teen daughter inside a freezer has been sentenced to 65 years in prison according to the Sun Sentinel.
Keishanna Thomas was sentenced on Wednesday. She pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and abuse of a dead body.
After she vanished in 2014, the disappearance and death of Janiya Thomas, 11, went unreported for several months in Bradenton until her body was found inside a padlocked freezer chest, in October 2015.
The news of where Janiya was found, two days after she was finally reported missing, was a shock to her community and drew nationwide attention.
Authorities said Janiya Thomas was found stuffed inside a freezer in October 2015.
Keishanna Thomas, 33, reportedly shipped the padlocked appliance to a family member’s home in Bradenton, Florida.
It wasn’t until Thomas’ relatives heard the child was missing that they decided to open the freezer which arrived padlocked.
Janiya’s mother, Keishanna Thomas, was indicted and charged with first-degree murder, abuse of a dead body and aggravated child abuse in December of 2015.
The victim’s eldest sister told investigators she saw their mother tie Janiya up and dunk her head in water inside the bathroom she was regularly locked in. Afterward, the bathroom was cleaned, the door was open and Janiya was never seen again.
To compound her guilt, after her other children were taken into protective custody, Thomas visited her eldest daughter in foster care and told her not to tell investigators anything about Janiya.
Her son also recalled coming home from school in January or February 2015, to discover his sister Janiya was gone and the bathroom cleaned out.
11-year-old Janiya Thomas was killed and stuffed inside a freezer by her mother Keishanna Thomas in October 2015. Keishanna reportedly shipped the padlocked appliance to a family member’s home in Bradenton, Fla
Janiya weighed only 44 pounds at the time of her death, her right leg had been broken two to fours weeks before her death, and marks on her hands and feet were indicative of being tied.
Authorities said Janiyah had intestinal issues that made it difficult for her to tell when she needed to use the bathroom, a medical condition that had earlier killed the girl’s father. The mother allegedly become frustrated with her daughter’s health issues and kept her locked in the bathroom.
At trial a state report revealed that Thomas killed her daughter through a combination of starving, asphyxiation and drowning.
The pre-teen hadn’t been seen since June 2014, but Child protective services investigators and other such agencies allegedly failed to further investigate reports of violence in the household.
A year after Janiya, was last seen, her body was found inside a freezer in her grandmother’s garage. Her aunt and grandmother made the discovery. They told investigators Janiya’s mother and an unidentified man dropped off the freezer Wednesday. the two women reportedly, were unaware of its contents until they saw news reports about Janiya and checked inside.
Keishanna Thomas allegedly was frustrated with her daughter Janiyah’s intestinal health issues and kept her locked in the bathroom, before eventually killing the 11-year-old
Keishanna Thomas, then 31, was taken into custody after police say she refused to answer questions about her daughter’s whereabouts,while police searched for the man who helped her move the freezer.
“Their mother is wicked. She’s wrong. She’s a criminal and possibly a killer,” Bradenton police said. Authorities said the mother’s silence was a sign of her guilt. “She’s not a mother. I don’t know why she’s not talking”.
Local Child Protective Services said Janiya was last seen in August 2014, and Keishanna Thomas had an extensive history with CPS.