Mother charged after 9-year-old daughter’s body found in refrigerator

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HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston mother has been charged with neglect after her 9-year-old daughter’s body was discovered stuffed inside a refrigerator.

Amber Keyes is being held Wednesday on a charge of injury to a child-serious bodily injury, connected to death of her daughter, Ayahna Comb.

Ayahna weighed 14 pounds when some children looking for food found her body in Keyes’ refrigerator in June. An autopsy determined Ayahna, who had cerebral palsy, died of malnutrition and dehydration.

The 35-year-old Keyes says she found Ayahna unresponsive on Jan. 29 but couldn’t revive her, so she wrapped the girl in a blanket and stashed her in the fridge.

Her attorney, Joseph Owmby, said he plans to further investigate the circumstances of the girl’s death.

Keyes is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 8.

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