Missing 2-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Following Mother's Stabbing

Photo: Lansing Police Department

A missing two-year-old girl was found dead after her mother was stabbed multiple times by a suspect believed to be her ex-boyfriend.

On Wednesday (July 5), the body of Wynter Cole-Smith, 2, was discovered in Detroit days after police issued an Amber Alert in search of the toddler, per WXYZ Detroit. Police said Wednesday they are now investigating the missing person case as a homicide.

The finding comes after Wynter's mother was stabbed multiple times in an altercation that occurred between her and suspect Rashad Trice, her ex-boyfriend, at an apartment in Lansing on Sunday (July 2). The mother went to a neighbor's home to get help and call the police, but when officers arrived, the suspect had fled and Wynter was missing.

Trice was found in Detroit on Monday (July 3) and arrested after a police pursuit and crash. Wynter wasn't with Trice when he was arrested.

The FBI joined multiple police agencies in searching for the missing girl. It's unclear what led investigators to her body on Wednesday.

Trice was arraigned Wednesday in connection to the mother's stabbing on charges of assault with intent to murder, two counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree, home invasion first degree, unlawful imprisonment, aggravated domestic violence second offense, unlawful driving away of an automobile, and felonious assault.

The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office said it's still investigating additional charges in connection to Wynter's disappearance and death. Trice is currently being held without bond.

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