An Indiana man charged with killing his neighbor’s 9-year-old daughter confessed to beating her to death and dismembering her, according to court documents released Tuesday.
In a probable cause affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate WANE, police allege that Michael Plumadore “freely admitted” during an interview Monday night that he struck Aliahna Marie Maroney Lemmon in the head multiple times with a brick while she was standing on the front steps of his home last Thursday morning. Police say that he told them he then hid her body in his freezer until late that night, when he dismembered her with a hacksaw and placed pieces of her body in a nearby dumpster.
The affidavit states that Plumadore told detectives Aliahna’s head, feet and hands were still in his freezer. Crime scene technicians executing a search warrant Monday discovered what was believed to be a human head and other body parts in the freezer, according to the document.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office announced at a Monday night press conference that Aliahna’s remains were found around 9 pm and that Plumadore was in custody for her murder.
Plumadore had originally claimed that Aliahna disappeared while he was sleeping on Friday morning and that he did not realize she was missing until later that night. He was supposed to be watching her and her two sisters while her mother recovered from the flu.
Aliahna’s grandmother, Amber Story, described Plumadore as a “close family friend” on “Nancy Grace” Monday night and insisted that he would not harm the girl.
“I have no, no qualms in saying that Mike would never hurt any of those children, or any children, period,” Story said hours before his arrest.
Plumadore appeared in court briefly on Tuesday morning. He was ordered held without bond and an arraignment was set for December 30. Prosecutors said he has not yet retained an attorney.
Watch “Nancy Grace” Tuesday night at 8 pm ET on HLN for the latest on the investigation of Aliahna Lemmon’s murder.