Baby sitter murder charge in Indiana girl's death

By TOM COYNE | December 30, 2011 | 11:10 AM EST

An undated Allen County (Ind.) Sheriff's Department photo shows Mike Plumadore. Authorities said Monday night, Dec. 26, 2011 that Aliahna Lemmon had been found dead and Plumadore, 39, who was watching Aliahna and her two sisters when she went missing Friday, was being held on a murder charge. He and Aliahna's family lived in the same mobile home park in Fort Wayne. He will be formally charged with murder Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Allen County (IN) Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors in Indiana have charged a baby sitter with murder and two other felonies in the bludgeoning and dismemberment of a 9-year-old girl just days before Christmas.

Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Plumadore was charged in Fort Wayne with murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 killing of Aliahna Lemmon.

Plumadore is jailed without bond and did not attend the hearing.

Authorities say Plumadore told police he hit Aliahna repeatedly in the head with a brick. He had been looking after Aliahna and her two sisters because their mother was sick.

Police say Plumadore told them he used a hack saw to dismember Aliahna. He hid her head, feet and hands at the trailer where he lived and dumped her other remains nearby.