The Latest: Suspect in Navajo girl death faces murder charge

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Posted: May 04, 2016 12:50 PM
The Latest: Suspect in Navajo girl death faces murder charge

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the abduction and killing of an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

A man suspected in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from a school bus stop on the Navajo Nation is facing murder and kidnapping charges.

Tom Begaye made his first court appearance Wednesday in Farmington, New Mexico. The 27-year-old man shuffled into the courtroom in shackles but stayed quiet as some of the victim's relatives and other community members listened to the charges being read.

As he was taken away from the Municipal Courthouse in an SUV, people outside yelled profanity.

Federal authorities say he lured Ashlynne Mike into a van after she got off a school bus Monday afternoon. Her body was found Tuesday morning south of Shiprock, New Mexico.

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8:40 a.m.

New safety measures are taking hold on the Navajo Nation following the abduction and death of an 11-year-old girl.

Ashlynne Mike was lured into a van after getting off a school bus Monday afternoon and her body was found Tuesday morning south of Shiprock, New Mexico.

Tribal President Russell Begaye says children need to be taught about "the dangers of strangers" and that adults shouldn't let children out of their sight for extended periods of time.

The school district serving the rural area where the girl lived says students whose parents aren't present when the children are dropped off at bus stops will be taken back to the school.

The FBI says a 27-year-old man from nearby Waterflow has been arrested in the girl's abduction and death.

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8:30 a.m.

A 27-year-old New Mexico man arrested in the abduction and death of an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

The FBI says 27-year-old Tom Begaye of Waterflow, New Mexico, will appear before a federal magistrate in nearby Farmington.

Ashlynne Mike was abducted in the Fruitland area Monday afternoon, and searchers found her body Tuesday morning south of the monolithic rock that gives the community of Shiprock its name.

The girl and her 9-year-old brother were picked up by a man described as a stranger who lured them into a van by offering to take them to watch a movie.

The boy got away and was found by a passer-by.