Kenyatta Odom’s mother charged with murder

Evelyn Odom, also known as Zmecca Luciana (Sheriff of Cook County).

Evelyn Odom, also known as Zmecca Luciana (Cook County Sheriff’s Office) and Kenyatta Odom (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

A five-year-old girl in Georgia who was found buried in a cement suitcase that had been thrown from a bridge more than three decades ago has been identified, leading to the arrest of her mother and the boyfriend she was living with at the time. Evelyn Odom, also known as Zmecca Luciana, and Ulyster Sanders were taken into custody last week and charged with murder in the 1988 killing of young Kenyatta Odom, known for decades as “Baby Jane Doe,” authorities announced.

In addition to the murder charge, authorities charged the duo with one count each of first-degree child abuse, aggravated assault (family violence), conspiracy to commit murder and concealing the death of another.

Road workers in Millwood, Georgia, discovered Kenyatta’s remains at an illegal dump on Duncan Mill Road on December 21, 1988. The child was found “in an old television cabinet, wrapped in a blanket, in a duffel bag, in a suitcase encased in concrete,” said Jason Seacrist, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). during a press conference on Monday afternoon.

“This was a landfill,” Seacrist said as he revealed a photo of the crime scene. “There’s an old desk, there’s other trash that was just thrown where they threw that kid.”

The coroner determined that the child’s death was a homicide and that he was likely killed at least three months before his body was discovered. In the early years, investigators made many attempts to identify the “Baby Jane Doe,” but the case was eventually closed.

Olly Dawes

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