The Latest: Brother says he believes missing girl 'is dead'

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015 1:32 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the case of a missing girl in Florida (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

The siblings of a missing Florida girl told child protective services officials that they went to school one day and never saw their 11-year-old sister again.

According to an affidavit, one of Janiya Thomas' brothers told officials that their mother often punished her because she soiled herself. He said she was kept in the bathroom for a week or more at a time. The affidavit says that when asked what he thought happened to his sister, the boy told officials he thinks "she is dead or something."

The siblings were interviewed after authorities went to their mother's Bradenton apartment to take custody of them last Friday. They couldn't find Janiya Thomas and her 31-year-old mother, Keishanna Thomas, refused to answer questions about her whereabouts.

A judge ordered Thomas held on contempt charges and on Monday, she was also charged with child neglect. She's being held in jail on no bond. It's unclear whether she has an attorney.

Child protective services records indicate the girl was last physically seen on June 9, 2014.

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9:25 a.m.

The mother of a missing Florida girl remains in jail on aggravated child abuse and contempt of court charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Keishanna Thomas was booked into jail on Friday after refusing to answer questions about the whereabouts of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas. The child abuse charges were added Monday.

Child protective services officials went to her Bradenton apartment Friday to take custody of her five children. But they only found four.

Police say Janiya has been missing for a year or more, but authorities didn't know she was missing until Friday.

Police say Keishanna Thomas dropped off a padlocked freezer at her mother's house last week. After Janiya was reported missing, the relatives opened it and found a body inside. Police say it's likely Janiya.

It's unclear whether Thomas has an attorney to contact for comment on the case.