Funeral set for Saturday for Bradenton 11-year-old found in freezer

Janiya Thomas (Bradenton Police Department)

BRADENTON, Fla. — Funeral services for an 11-year-old girl whose body was found in a relative’s freezer have been scheduled.

The Bradenton Herald reports that Janiya Thomas’ funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 14th at noon at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, at 525 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave E in Bradenton.

An obituary lists Oct. 18 as the day Janiya died. It’s the same day her body was found in a padlocked freezer at her relatives’ house.

Janiya was reported missing two days earlier by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office child protective investigators after her mother refused to tell them or a judge anything about the girl’s whereabouts and well-being. Sheriff’s investigators arrived at Thomas’ home to remove her five children as part of a child abuse investigation involving Thomas’ 12-year-old son, but only four were found.

The girl’s body was not positively identified until a week after its discovery in the freezer.

The obituary reads: “She leaves to cherish: her mother Keishonna Thomas, sisters: Jamya Goff, Jatyra Adams. Brother: Jabori Adams, Jaquan Jones. Special aunt Tyshanna Thomas and best cousin Tanavia Jackson.”

Janiya’s mother remains in Manatee jail on abuse charges. Bradenton police are still conducting a murder investigation involving Janiya and have not released a cause of death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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