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Coroner confirms ID of toddler's body found in Gadsden

Maliyah Lindsay (Source: Gadsden PD) Maliyah Lindsay (Source: Gadsden PD)

The Etowah County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identity of a child's body police found on a Gadsden road Tuesday night.

The coroner's office says the body discovered in a wooded area on Plainview Street is that of 20-month-old Maliyah Lindsay. She was reported missing by her mother on Monday.

The child's body was found shortly after the arrest of her father, Stephon Lindsay, who investigators say was arrested in connection to the reported disappearance of his daughter Maliyah. Stephon Lindsay is currently in custody of the Etowah County Jail being held on no bond.

Gadsden Police said Maliyah's mother, 19-year-old Tasmine Thomas, called them Monday  around 7:10 p.m. to report her 20-month-old daughter missing.

She said her daughter had not been seen since March 5 when Stephon Lindsay said he took the child to his sister's house for a few days. According to investigators, Tasmine said she was asleep when Stephon took the child, and Stephon was back home the next morning when she woke up. Police said Tasmine lives in the Emma Sansom public housing community in Gadsden.

Investigators said Tasmine told Stephon a week later she wanted to see the child. He said he would go with her, and then left to get gas for his car and pick up the child. A short time later, Tasmine said she called Stephon's sister who said she had not seen Stephon nor the baby in several weeks. Tasmine then called police.
Gadsden Police Detective Wayne Hammonds located and arrested Stephon Lindsay Tuesday night. Investigators said they found the body of a child on Plainview Street after Lindsay's arrest.

The area where the body was found has been used as an illegal dumping ground where people have abandoned old televisions and tires.

Gadsden police returned to the crime scene on Plainview Street around 3 a.m. Wednesday to look for any possible murder weapons. Captain Bobby Jackson said they were specifically searching for any large knives or possibly a sword.

Captain Jackson described the crime scene as "gruesome."

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