The story about 2-year-old Wynter Cole Smith is simply heartbreaking.
According to reporting by ClickOnDetroit, the Lansing State Journal, and the Detroit Free Press, police allege Wynter was abducted from her home last Sunday by Rashad Trice, 26, who is accused of stabbing the child’s 22-year-old mother.
The mother escaped to a neighbor’s home to call the police, but when she returned, Wynter, Trice, and the mother’s 2013 white Chevrolet Impala were gone.
The mother’s 1-year-old son was still in the apartment and unharmed when police arrived, say police.
An Amber alert was issued for Wynter on Monday morning, which included information about Trice and the Impala.
Trice was stopped around 5 a.m. Monday in the Detroit area after allegedly fleeing, police in St. Clair Shores say.
Police allege Trice sped off and eventually crashed into another patrol car — then resisted arrest at the crash scene. But Wynter was not with him.
ClickOnDetroit, citing police, reports Trice has not indicated where Wynter might be.
On Tuesday, police released a map of Trice’s alleged whereabouts after leaving the Lansing house on July 2. Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee told the Lansing State Journal that no charges have been filed against Trice yet because the case spans several jurisdictions.
Now the police have confirmed that they may have recovered little Wynter’s body nearly 100 miles from her home.
— Detroit Police News (@detroitpolice) July 6, 2023
We are heartbroken to learn the very sad news about 2-year-old Wynter Cole-Smith. Late yesterday, investigators announced that her body was found in Detroit, nearly 100 miles away from her home in Lansing, Michigan.
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— National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (@MissingKids) July 6, 2023
Tragic update this morning — the body of missing 2-year-old Wynter Cole-Smith has been found on Detroit’s east side.
Investigators are calling this a homicide case.
— Alicia Smith (@wxyzalicia) July 6, 2023
We are praying for her family.