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Woman charged with killing father, 6-year-old daughter

Cheyanne Jessie
Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-02 16:51:00-04

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities say a Lakeland woman has been charged two counts of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence after the bodies of her father and 6-year-old daughter were found inside an outdoor shed.

Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Donna Wood said Sunday that 25-year-old Cheyanne Jessie was arrested after detectives found inconsistencies in the account of the whereabouts of her family members, who were last seen July 18.

Jessie reported her 50-year-old father Mark Weekly and 6-year-old daughter Meredith Jessie missing Saturday. After searching throughout the night, detectives found their remains in plastic totes that had been placed inside a shed on a neighbor's property about 200 yards away from Weekly's home.

Officials believe they were stabbed or shot in some combination.

Jessie is set for an initial court appearance Monday.