A missing girl in Tennessee has been found in an outbuilding with her father, who had recently been charged with neglect and abuse.
According to WKRN, family members reported 6-year-old Kinzleigh Reeder missing on June 21, reportedly telling the police the girl had not been seen since May 26. It is unclear why the relatives delayed reporting the girl missing.
During a search for the girl, a bloodhound reportedly picked up on a scent at or near the property of the missing girl’s father, Nicholas Reeder. That led to the discovery of the Kinzleigh and her father in an outbuilding on the property.
DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray told the news outlet Kinzleigh had been removed from her father’s custody this past spring, after the father and daughter were found camping under a bridge, in rising creek water. Nicholas Reeder was charged with neglect and child abuse, and Kinzleigh was placed in the custody of a family member.ADVERTISEMENT
At some point, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services allowed Kinzleigh’s father to live in the same household as his daughter. The circumstances of the girl’s living situation when she went missing are not clear.
Sheriff Ray told the news station that the building where investigators found Kinzleigh and Nicholas Reeder had been barricaded, and the windows were boarded in metal. There was reportedly no ventilation in the building, or a bathroom. The sheriff said there was minimal food, and the father and daughter shared a bucket as a toilet. The sheriff said the room smelled strongly of ammonia.
Nicholas Reeder has been charged with one count of child abuse or neglect. He is in custody in Dekalb County on $175,000 bail, according to the report.
Kinzleigh has been placed in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.