People are searching for Wynter Smith mother Symari as the amber alert has still remained active regarding the kidnap incident of a 2-year-old.
On Wednesday, Rashad Maleek Trice, a 26-year-old man from Detroit, was formally charged with the abduction of 2-year-old Wynter Smith.
Trice is facing multiple charges, which encompass assault to commit murder, two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and first-degree home invasion
Furthermore, Trice, the habitual fourth offender, has also been booked for unlawful imprisonment, aggravated domestic violence (second offence), and felonious assault.
According to the police, the body of Wynter Cole-Smith, the missing 2-year-old, was discovered in Detroit three days after being kidnapped in Lansing.
Federal investigators located the child near the Coleman A. Young Airport at around 6:50 pm, as announced during a press conference held by Lansing police.
The authorities had been conducting investigations in the area of Erwin Avenue and Olympia Street concerning the case.
Although the police released no further details, they stated that the case is now being treated as a homicide, with Rashid Trice being charged.
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Wynter Smith Parents: Mother Symari Cole And Father Almount “AJ” Smith
The little two-year-old girl Wynter Smith was born to mother Symari Cole and father known as Almount “Aj” Smith.
Rashid Trice, who has been charged with Wynter’s kidnapping, is not the child’s father, even though it has been mentioned in some web portals.
However, Trice reportedly had a previous relationship with Wynter’s mother, Symari.
He is accused of abducting Wynter on Sunday, July 2, after allegedly stabbing her 22-year-old mother at a residence in the 3000 block of Beau Jarden Drive in Lansing.
The mother of the kidnapped Lansing toddler, Symari, was stabbed several times before the kidnapper took her child (Source: Detroit Free Press)
As Michigan authorities continued searching for the missing toddler, her father, Almount “AJ” Smith, shared his thoughts a few days ago.
In an interview with CBS News Detroit, he described Wynter as a kind, trusting, and expressive child.
Smith learned about his daughter’s disappearance through a phone call from his wife shortly after Wynter was taken.
AJ, attending a school in Tennessee, hurried back to Michigan after the call. Symari has fortunately received medical attention and has been discharged safely.
AJ Smith shared that she is doing fine, able to talk and walk, but still understandably worried.
Lansing police responded to the first 911 call on Sunday night, discovering Wynter’s mother with multiple stab wounds.
In the days following the incident, Rashad Trice, the suspect, did not provide any information about Wynter’s whereabouts, according to the police.
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Apart from her parents, Wynter Smith had a one-year-old brother (name not disclosed).
According to the FBI, the toddler’s younger brother was at the location of the incident but was fortunately unharmed.
Rashad Trice, accused of the abduction of Wynter Cole-Smith and other crimes, was apprehended by the police in St. Clair Shores on Monday, July 3.
He was found in possession of a stolen white 2013 Chevrolet Impala belonging to the victim. Trice is currently held in custody without the option for bail.
Necessary legal proceedings have been scheduled for Trice. His probable cause conference is set for July 13, and a preliminary examination on July 20.
Rashad Trice (left) has been charged with the kidnapping of Wynter Smith and sexually assaulting her mother (Source: Fox 2 Detroit)
Previously, to aid in the search for Wynter, the FBI had announced a reward of $25,000 for any information leading to her whereabouts.
Furthermore, Lansing police on Monday released two maps outlining the possible routes that Trice may have taken.
Additionally, on Tuesday, they provided another map indicating potential routes that the suspect, Trice, could have traveled.
People using these routes were urged to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious they encountered.
Residents in the vicinity were also requested to review their Ring doorbell footage for any valuable information that could assist the authorities in locating Wynter.
Following the discovery of the missing child’s body and Rashid’s connection to the alleged assault on Wynter’s mother, the police have not yet revealed the specific charges that will be filed concerning the child’s death.
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