The mother of a 7-year-old Texas girl who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by a FedEx driver called the suspect an “absolute monster”.
The body of Athena Strand was found in Boyd, Texas on Friday after she was apparently kidnapped from her bedroom in Paradise earlier in the week.
Athena’s mother, Maitlyn Gandy, 26, thanked those who helped find Athena and condemned the man accused of taking her in a series of scathing social media posts.
Tanner Horner, 31, was arrested in Athena’s disappearance and death and charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.
“Athena is innocent, beautiful, kind, intelligent and just plain the smartest, happiest soul you could ever meet,” Gandy wrote.
“I don’t want her to be the girl known as the one who was murdered by a monster and thrown away. I want everyone to know, every single person in this world, that this is my baby and my baby was taken from me.
“Athena’s case and the trial of the absolute monster she took from me may very well be moved to another county or county in Texas because of the great community involvement (for which I am so grateful),” Gandy wrote, pleading others about it Share their daughter’s story and photo.
“I don’t want the bastard that took my baby and brutally murdered him to go to any city, town, county, state or country without every single person knowing their face,” she added.
“Thanks for finding my baby,” Gandy wrote in a separate post, thanking law enforcement and volunteers who helped find her daughter. “I know everyone wishes it had ended differently.”
Athena was in the care of her stepmother when she went missing, authorities said.
Police said they believe Horner, a FedEx driver, abducted the girl while delivering a package to her home around the time she disappeared, CBS reported.
“We knew early on in the investigation that there had been a FedEx driver making a delivery in front of the house around the same time little Athena, 7-year-old Athena, showed up missing,” Wise County said Sheriff Lane Akin said.
Athena likely died “within an hour of leaving her home,” said Akin, who did not disclose her cause of death.
Horner reportedly confessed to the kidnapping.
He is being held on $1.5 million bail.
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